Injured backpacker helped out of backcountry near Glass Creek

Times Staff Report
Staff Writer

On the morning of Wednesday, April 8, at approximately 10 a.m., the Mono County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a stranded backpacker near Glass Creek. A male backpacker, 43, from Ramona, Calif., began a two week backpack trip. The backpacker started his trip at Dead Man Creek and was hiking to Yost Lake. On day four of the trip, while near Glass Creek, the backpacker twisted his ankle and camped at his location to recover. During this time, a storm moved into the Eastern Sierra and the area received 18” to 2.5 feet of fresh new snow over the dry landscape. On Wednesday, April 8, he called 911 via his cellphone and requested rescue/extrication. Search and rescue teams were able to locate the stranded backpacker and with the teams’ assistance, was able to hike back to the trailhead.