for help from 400 feet up on the side of
Lilly Rock [Tahquitz Rock] brought the
Sheriff to investigate and soon after, a
call to RMRU. A climber, Tony Twete, had
fallen on the "Whodunit" route
and had sustained a broken leg and elbow.
It's bad enough being 400 feet up the
side of a sheer cliff, but with a broken
leg and arm, that's serious!
Even with the aid
of a Landells Aviation Helicopter, we
expected a lengthy, perhaps all night
mission to get the climber safely lowered
without further injury. Fortunately, a
very sturdy climber, who simply told us
his name was Tom, hoisted Tony on his
back and rappelled the 400 feet down to
the base of the rock. A few minutes
later, RMRU members arrived by helicopter
to administer first aid and load Tony
into the helicopter in the last few
minutes of daylight.
team members - Larry Carter, Kevin
Walker, Joe Erickson, Jim Fairchild,
Glenn Henderson, Bernie McIlvoy, Henry
Negrete, Ron Pierson, Eric Townsend, Rick
Pohlers, Bud White, and Walt Walker.