Snowshoer hospitalized following 400-foot slide at Mount Tallac
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – A Portland, Ore., man was hospitalized with severe leg injuries Saturday after sliding about 400 feet during a snowshoe hike of Mount Tallac, officials said.
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team received a report of an injured hiker near the 9,735 feet peak about 12:05 p.m. Saturday, according to a Monday statement from the sheriff’s office.
Brian Meek, 50, was hiking by himself on the trail to the top of the mountain when he lost traction in icy terrain and started to slide uncontrollably, according to the statement.
“He slid over 400 feet down the mountainside in an area known as west bowl, and collided with a large rock,” according to the statement. “He sustained traumatic injuries including multiple compound fractures to his legs which required a rapid response from the Search and Rescue Team.”
Icy conditions prevented helicopters from landing at the rescue site. Search and rescue personnel used mountaineering techniques to reach Meek, who received medical care before being hoisted out of the area by a California Highway Patrol helicopter. He was then taken to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno by a CALSTAR helicopter, according to the statement.
Meek’s condition was unknown Monday morning.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue volunteers and Lake Valley Fire Protection District personnel also participated in the rescue effort.