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.