Approximately 50 personnel responded to reports of an injured climber on “Angel’s Fright” on Tahquitz Rock on Sunday, Sept. 23.
A man in his mid 50s climbing with his two sons at the iconic climbing destination fell about 15 to 20 feet and caught his foot on a rock edge in the fall. He sustained either a sprain or a break according to Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit volunteers on the scene.
Shifting winds made it impossible for a responding helicopter to lower a medic to the injured climber. As a result, the RMRU team consisting of Les Walker and Donny Goetz conducted a technical rescue of the injured man that required placing him in a litter and belaying him to a point where first responders could conduct medical evaluation and transport if needed.
The rescue concluded around 6 p.m. according to Walker when his team handed the subject over to waiting fire personnel. According to the CAL FIRE information sheet, the man refused medical treatment at the scene.
Agencies called out at about 12:30 p.m. included CAL FIRE, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Idyllwild Fire Protection District, Mercy Air Ambulance and the Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit.