Long distance walker rescued in Yosemite

A man who is walking across the country to raise awareness for the need for hospice facilities met his match in snow-bound Yosemite National Park and had to be rescued by Mono County Search and Rescue team members.

On Saturday Jan. 28, the SAR team responded in aid of Colin Skinner, 46, from Walmer, England, who has been on a walk from North Dakota to San Francisco for several months in support of the National Hospice Foundation. While snowshoeing across the Sierra through Yosemite National Park, he had problems with wet clothing and frostbitten feet and contacted Yosemite rangers at their winter cabin Saturday. 

The Mono County SAR Team was dispatched on Saturday at approximately 6:00 p.m. and began planning the rescue. Two members went up S.R. 120 West with snowmobiles to scout the conditions and on Sunday morning, Jan. 29, the team drove snowmobiles to the park entrance station, where Mr. Skinner had been moved by Yosemite rangers.

SAR Team members transported Skinner down to the waiting Mono County Paramedics, who transported him to Mammoth Hospital for treatment.

Last week, Skinner had walked through Bishop and visited the local hospice there. He is currently recuperating from surgery on his frostbitten feet.