A Texas man has died after falling to his demise whereas climbing California’s Mount Whitney, authorities introduced Wednesday.
Saulo Sifuentes Escalante, 36, of Conroe was reported lacking on Sunday when he didn’t return from a Thursday day hike to the height within the Sierra Nevada, in keeping with an announcement from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Workplace.
Search and rescue groups aided by a helicopter unsuccessfully scoured the mountain on Monday however on Tuesday used cellphone information information to pinpoint a attainable location. A helicopter discovered Escalante lifeless in a steep, snowy chute south of a principal path about 11,600 toes up the mountain, the Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned.
Escalante apparently had been climbing the chute when he slipped and fell, authorities mentioned.
His physique was recovered later that day.
Whitney lies on the boundary of Sequoia Nationwide Park and Inyo Nationwide Forest and is probably the most ceaselessly climbed peak within the Sierra Nevada, in keeping with the Nationwide Park Service.
It rises to round 14,500 toes and is the tallest peak within the U.S. exterior of Alaska.
The Park Service advises that climbers want ice axes and crampons in spring and early summer time.
It wasn’t instantly clear whether or not Escalante had such tools.
Mount Whitney has claimed a number of lives over time. In November, a Riverside girl who slipped and fell from a path earlier than a winter storm was discovered two days later however died at a hospital.
In 2017, a 75-year-old group school professor from Texas fell to his demise on the mountain. In Could 2018, two individuals died in separate falls.