R. J. Secor, well-known climber and author of The High Sierra; Peaks, Passes and Trails
, was critically injured in a fall on Mt. Baldy in southern California on April 16.
The San Bernadino County Riverside Press-Enterpriser
A hiker who slid down 1,000 feet in the Mt. Baldy area Saturday was plucked from the location by a helicopter and flown to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.
The hiker's name and condition were not available, said Tom Barnes, dispatch supervisor for the San Bernardino County Fire Department. A report of the injured hiker was received by the Fire Department about 2:40 p.m.
Barnes said the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Air Rescue was called to assist with the rescue because of the remote location, which is near the San Antonio Ski Hut.
Posts on mt-whitney.info
and the Whitney Portal Store bulletin board
identified the fallen climber as Secor.
At last report, he was in ICU at the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, California with skull fractures, broken ribs and other injuries.
Our thoughts and prayers are with R.J. and his family.