A South Korean mountain climber, Jun Ho Wang, fell victim to an avalanche in Yosemite National Park on Monday. Wang was stranded for nearly 16 hours before rescue came Tuesday morning.
Falling snow and ice separated Wang from his seven-person climbing party, sweeping him more than 100 yards down a rock face and into an icy low-lying gully. Apparently, a climber desecended in order to help and stay with Wang through the night. Another climber radioed for help once off the mountain.
Tuesday morning Wang, alert and responsive, was rescued by a helicopter crew and flown to safety.
According to Yosemite Medical Clinic staff, Wang’s preparedness and excellent equipment helped prevent the situation from being much worse. A spokeswoman for the national park said Wang used his sleeping bag to keep warm in below freezing temperatures.
Wang was taken to a medical clinic in Modesto where he was treated for a fracture in his left wrist and multiple breaks in his left leg.
Officials reported his vitals were strong, despite a traumatic night in the cold.
[photo: AP Photo/California Highway Patrol]