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Mt. Stuart Heli Rescue Saturday Night?

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Anybody know what happened? Saw a Heli up over the summit or maybe west ridge hovering Saturday night but haven't heard any details yet.

TIA

Josh

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We were camped at the notch in the north ridge and saw the helo too. I didn't get the impression it was actually rescuing though. It was flying pretty high and it kept moving. I also saw a large number of lights moving around in the basin down by Stuart Lake that night. It felt strange!

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We were descending the Cascadian Couloir route and also saw the helicopter circle over the summit perhaps a dozen times. Apparently a man suffering from altitude sickness was rescued:

 

http://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/2011/aug/22/sick-man-rescued-from-mt-stuart/

 

the article didn't say how much the 'copter charged - i'd pay at least 20$ not to have to walk down the cascadian coulior! :)

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We were descending the Cascadian Couloir route and also saw the helicopter circle over the summit perhaps a dozen times. Apparently a man suffering from altitude sickness was rescued:

 

http://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/2011/aug/22/sick-man-rescued-from-mt-stuart/

...Patrick D. Ward was hiking and rock climbing with his 21-year-old son, Benjamin, when he became disoriented and was suffering what appeared to be symptoms of shock, said Chelan County Sheriff’s Sgt. Maria Agnew....
Doesn't sound like altitude sickness to me. I've had that before, and it ain't like shock. Which begs the question: What happened to him that he would present with symptoms of shock? Seems like there must be more to this story than what is being reported...

 

 

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We were descending the Cascadian Couloir route and also saw the helicopter circle over the summit perhaps a dozen times. Apparently a man suffering from altitude sickness was rescued:

 

http://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/2011/aug/22/sick-man-rescued-from-mt-stuart/

...Patrick D. Ward was hiking and rock climbing with his 21-year-old son, Benjamin, when he became disoriented and was suffering what appeared to be symptoms of shock, said Chelan County Sheriff’s Sgt. Maria Agnew....
Doesn't sound like altitude sickness to me. I've had that before, and it ain't like shock. Which begs the question: What happened to him that he would present with symptoms of shock? Seems like there must be more to this story than what is being reported...

 

 

He was probably shocked at how absolutely shitty the Casssscadian is. I know I was.

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We were wondering what was going on with the chopper circling with the light and hovering over the west ridge notch, as we were desending the west ridge couloir Saturday night. It does sound weird. Thought maybe it was the two guys we saw at the west ridge notch around 3 pm, that were not going anywhere and trying to decide what the route was to the sumit.

S

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Jeebus! How do you reach the WRN and then not know how to top out? Do we have to start painting arrows on the rock now?

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If you mean, you should have shit figured out before you get there, I agree.

 

But that is definitely the hardest part of the west ridge and it's not surprising that a party would run into some difficulty there.

 

granite_climber, why did you choose to descend the WRC? What is that descent like?

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The article said he called on a cell phone - I wonder what cellular provider he had? Last couple times I was up there, my AT&T phone had no signal whatsover (but great reception on top of Dragontail!)

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Jeebus! How do you reach the WRN and then not know how to top out? Do we have to start painting arrows on the rock now?

 

On Longs Peak (keyhole route) they use red/yellow painted dots...

 

http://cascadeclimbers.com/plab/data/504/IMG_03172.JPG

 

Follow the bouncing ball, easy schmeezy, lol.

 

d

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Doesn't sound like altitude sickness to me. I've had that before, and it ain't like shock. Which begs the question: What happened to him that he would present with symptoms of shock? Seems like there must be more to this story than what is being reported...

 

I've had severe and probably life threatening AMS, and I could see how it could manifest itself as shock, or appear to be shock

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Doesn't sound like altitude sickness to me. I've had that before, and it ain't like shock. Which begs the question: What happened to him that he would present with symptoms of shock? Seems like there must be more to this story than what is being reported...

 

I've had severe and probably life threatening AMS, and I could see how it could manifest itself as shock, or appear to be shock

 

 

I too have had severe AMS and possibly hyponatremia wich can be confused with AMS. Both are pretty scary when mixed with altitude. I recently had to down climb on Rainier on the Kautz route more or less by my self starting from the fixed line while confused, dizzy, and vomiting. It was no fun.

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I remember that as being pretty flat, but the keyhole route is a hellava lot of fun.

 

Yeah, it is a fun climb. The ice made it interesting when I was there. Moisture would seep out of the cracks at night on the home run and freeze into these glass runnels that you had to watch out for...

 

d

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http://cascadeclimbers.com/plab/data/504/IMG_03172.JPG'>http://cascadeclimbers.com/plab/data/504/IMG_03172.JPG
Jeebus! How do you reach the WRN and then not know how to top out? Do we have to start painting arrows on the rock now?

 

On Longs Peak (keyhole route) they use red/yellow painted dots...

 

http://cascadeclimbers.com/plab/data/504/IMG_03172.JPG

 

Follow the bouncing ball, easy schmeezy, lol.

 

d

Is that something that's relatively new? I did the Keyhole Route over 20 years ago (1988???) and I don't remember any red and yellow bullseyes from back then. I think I'd remember something that trite...

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haha, all I know is they were there in early June of '09 when I did the route... Rangers were trying to warn everybody off due to "winter conditions"... Required ice axe and crampons. I carried that shit all the way and didn't need em... I know they're just doin their job, but still...

 

I ran into a herd (30+) of elk at 11,500ft. I'd love to get back to RMNP someday soon...

 

d

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