National Geographic : 1985 Jan
every body taken to the morgue, he delivers 33 to the hospital. Often I heard Mike on the park radio or saw him or his crews rappelling out of heli copters, treating medical emergencies, per forming rescues. One search involved 110 people; 20 of them were volunteers, who had driven all night from all across California, then had been helicoptered into the back country with their German shepherds and bloodhounds. It took three days to find the lost climber. He had done everything wrong. He'd gone alone. He'd left the marked trail. He'd at tempted a new and unestablished route up Half Dome. When he fell, it was 700 feet down a rock chute, and he was dead before he hit bottom. During those awful days of waiting, I spent time with his parents, his brother, and his girlfriend. For them it was terror and tragedy. For everyone it was sobering; Yosemite-Forever?