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At 2:45 p.m., on August 26, the Mono County Sheriff’s Department received a call that a 77-year-old San Diego woman became quite ill and was unable to continue with her hiking group.

She reportedly had fallen behind the group in the Barney Lakes Basin area, about 13 miles west of the Eastern Sierra town of Bridgeport. A friend had stayed behind with her, and eventually had to ask other passing hikers on the trail for help, and to try and reach 911.

Thirteen members from the volunteer Mono County Search and Rescue (SAR) responded to the Coldwater Trailhead. A team of two quickly departed to locate and assess the hiker. Three other teams with rescue gear and a wheeled litter followed, along with a mule and packer from the Mammoth Lakes Pack Outfit, assisting in quickly transporting the wheeled litter to the hiker’s location.

Placed on the litter, the hiker was evacuated down the trail about three miles, where she was met by paramedics and transported to Mammoth Lakes Hospital.

Mono County sheriff’s spokesperson Jennifer Hansen said, “In most rescue cases, SAR does not release the names of those they help.”

Once recovered, most hikers are embarrassed at all the commotion they caused and don’t want their names released to the public.

The woman was from the 92119 zip code, in the San Carlos area, according to the sheriff’s department’s records.

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Javajoe25 Aug. 31, 2014 @ 10:30 a.m.

Hey, maybe she had gas pains. Maybe cramps. You want the group of 13 to call off the hike because someone needs to pass gas? The real pain will come when she gets the bill for the rescue.


Ken Harrison Sept. 1, 2014 @ 1:09 p.m.

All volunteer rescue, until they get her in the ambulance, then a bill probably kicks in, but being in a tourist area, I doubt it.


monaghan Aug. 31, 2014 @ 1:01 p.m.

When I am 77 and go hiking in the hot, high and dry eastern Sierras in the last week of August, I want to go with Bob Hudson. And when I get home, I will have to figure out what on earth was I thinking when I just could have gone to the beach instead.


Visduh Aug. 31, 2014 @ 4:51 p.m.

It was surprising to learn of how many resources Mono County was able to marshal so quickly. It's not a very affluent area, and has a small population, meaning that many of its citizens are volunteering to go out and assist people from other places.

Oh, as to the other members of the party leaving her behind, this report just doesn't go into enough detail for drawing conclusions. She may very well have told them to go on ahead and not worry about her before her condition worsened.

I say it's hats off to Mono County Search and Rescue for their selflessness and ability.


Ken Harrison Sept. 1, 2014 @ 1:13 p.m.

They do this out of the joy of hiking and service. At least they get some air support now, if they need it. Years ago they'd have to beg and scream to get a CHP copter to come up from San Berdoo, and only if life or death situations.


CaptainObvious Aug. 31, 2014 @ 8:26 p.m.

Like Mono, we in Calaveras have a strong search and rescue squad, mostly volunteers and thinly supported through private donations.. They get a real workout with unprepared flatlanders. You guys have to have lifeguards, this is what we have to do.


Ken Harrison Sept. 1, 2014 @ 1:15 p.m.

Good analogy CaptainObvious, and thanks for reading The Reader up your way.


CaptainObvious Sept. 2, 2014 @ 10:16 a.m.

Thanks for being online. I'm P.B. born, left in 88, and this is my link to what is going on at home. Getting Don B after he left the evil empire was a real coup.


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