Memorial weekend backpack trip for a
young woman from San Diego turned sour
when she stumbled on the trail just above
Cedar Springs on the Desert Divide. The
resulting fall caused a severe trauma to
her left elbow. She was unable to move so
two members of her backpacking group
hiked out and RMRU was called in.
Walker and Jim Fairchild flew in to the
poor lass and soon had her stabilized and
in good spirits. She apparently suffered
a fractured elbow and was in a mild state
of shock. When the time to transport the
subject came, the team faced a dilemma.
Moving her 3/8 of a mile back to the
ridge for evacuation by helicopter would
involve a lot of pain and jostling.
Alternatively, a "Helispot"
could be created where she fell, but this
would entail the removal of a fair amount
of shrubbery. Once again the team acted
in the best interest of the victim and
the decision was made to create a
helispot where she fell. The chain saw
and brush hooks were brought into action
and in no time a helispot was created,
which even the Corps of Engineers would
have been proud of. Soon afterwards, the
helicopter (from Western) landed and
within ten minutes the victim was at the
hospital in Palm Springs.
grateful acknowledgement is extended to
the Hemet Search and Rescue Team for
assistance on this mission.