Album: Sierra Challenge 2006 - Day 4 - Giraud
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South Lake trailhead. 6:01am. Joyce Lin is on the left.
Ron, Robert, David, & Joyce. We stopped for a break just below the northerly ridge that would take us up to Giraud Peak. Shortly beyond this point I proceeded up on my own.
Dusy Basin. The lower part of the basin is a much more pleasant area than the upper portion below Agassiz and Winchell.
11:01am. Saddle between Peak 12265 and Mount Giraud (shown).
From the saddle you can descend down this side to stay in class 2 terrain
Two figures on the snowfield below (Ron & Joyce?)
Ryan has a taste of his first class 4 climb. This is very close to where Joyce took her fall. Notice that some of the rocks here are loose.
Approaching one of the class 4 moves on the ridge
Just when the ridge looks impossibly difficult you jump off into an easy chute to the left (or for more fun climb the dark colored ridge just to the left of the chute)
Hey Mom, look at me! Ryan takes his next step carefully.
On the true high point of Giraud Peak (a nice pedestal just big enough to stand on)
2:03pm. I couldn't tell at the time what was going on but could just make out several climbers down on the unstable talus slope. This is where Joyce Lin finally ended up after her fall.
2:37pm. Although I'm still too far away to know what's going on I was beginning to get a bad feeling.
2:59pm. After seeing tracks/marks in this steep snow chute it was beginning to sink in that something bad had happened.
3:03pm. At this point I had little doubt that something tragic had occurred. A pair of glasses is visible on the steep snow (center). I could not retrieve them without putting myself at risk.
I dreaded what I would find below. Who fell? How bad was it? Was it fatal?
3:43pm. The SAR helicopter finally spots us. They were unaware that on their first pass they flew right over us. It probably took 30 minutes before they saw us.
The SAR team evaluates the situation. Sequoia/Kings Chopper N505WW.
Though not evident from this photo this snow chute was rather steep. Joyce fell vertically onto the top of the snow and then picked up considerable speed while sliding down the snow. Below the hard snow she tumbled quite a bit further over a sea of talus and boulders before finally coming to rest.
4:27pm. SAR team (Deb Brenchley, John Anderson) disembarks. After Joyce is examined and stabilized we all assisted in moving Joyce to the helicopter.
5:40pm. Joyce is loaded aboard and gear is stowed for liftoff.
5:44pm. The SAR team lifts off with Joyce aboard.
Eclipsing the sun the helicopter leaves the scene with it's precious cargo. After the helicopter left it was earily quiet and we were all left to our own thoughts.
5:54pm. Slowly we gather our packs and make our way out of the area. It would be a long slow hike out.
7:18pm. Finally back to the trail it will be dark by the time we reach Bishop Pass.
South Lake Trailhead. 11:28pm. Our long hike out is finally over.