Dangerous weekend on the Rock

Share via email

A female rock climber fell about 60 feet Sunday morning while climbing near Lunch Rock on Lily Rock, injuring her right ankle, leg and hip. Fire personnel from Riverside County Fire and Idyllwild Fire responded to Humber Park, sending crews on foot to meet with the patient. Cal Fire Helicopter 301 hoists the patient while other climbers (left) watch on. She was transported to Riverside Regional Medical Center to be treated for her injuries.  Photo by Jenny Kirchner

A female rock climber fell about 60 feet Sunday morning while climbing near Lunch Rock on Lily Rock, injuring her right ankle, leg and hip. Fire personnel from Riverside County Fire and Idyllwild Fire responded to Humber Park, sending crews on foot to meet with the patient. Cal Fire Helicopter 301 hoists the patient while other climbers (left) watch on. She was transported to Riverside Regional Medical Center to be treated for her injuries.
Photo by Jenny Kirchner


A rock climber fell from Tahquitz Rock, at 11 a.m. Saturday and was reported dead from his injuries at 1:02 p.m. the same day. He was identified as Bryan Rockwood, 49, of San Diego.

One day later, a female rock climber was injured on Lunch Rock, adjacent to Tahquitz.

Rockwood was climbing the Sahara Terror route. According to a climbers’ website, he was on a block that gave way and both fell.

The Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit responded. Les Walker lowered Rockwood’s body down to emergency responders. Besides RMRU, Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department, Idyllwild Fire Department, Riverside County Sheriff’s and U.S. Forest Service were at Saturday’s scene.

Just after 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Cal Fire/RCFD and IFPD responded to call of an adult female rock climber down. She apparently had a broken ankle. Cal Fire Copter 301 hoisted and then transported the patient to an area hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

Share via email
Tagged with

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

s2Member®