Rock climber injured in Yosemite fall

The Fresno BeeApril 21, 2014 

A rock climber received major injuries Sunday in a 30-foot fall in Yosemite National Park, the California Highway patrol said.

The 26-year-old from Palo Alto, whose name was not released, fell while climbing on Higher Cathedral Spire, across from El Capitan in Yosemite Valley.

Yosemite search and rescue personnel were lowered to the injured man around noon from a Fresno-based CHP helicopter. From vertical rock walls, the injured man was placed into rescue equipment, hoisted into the helicopter and flown to nearby El Capitan Meadow. From there, a PHI Air Medical helicopter flew him to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto.

It was the second CHP helicopter-assisted rescue in Yosemite this month.

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