MOUNT SHASTA, Calif. — A wayward climber is now safe after a tense day on the slopes of Mount Shasta, according to the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office (SCSO).
Rangers with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) first became aware of a problem when they received reports that the climber—who had ascended the mountain earlier—took the wrong trail while descending.
The climber was 22-year-old Mr. Radanyi (SCSO did not provide his first name). Although initially confident that he could descend the mountain safely, Radanyi became apprehensive after finding himself on the wrong trail. He was able to contact USFS by cell phone, reporting that he could not make it down the mountain on his own.
Radanyi was stranded at 13,600 feet up the mountain, according to SCSO.
USFS Climbing Ranger Nick Myers contacted SCSO, who sent their Search & Rescue (SAR) team out to Mt. Shasta to coordinate a rescue attempt. As SAR and Forest Service personnel prepared for a ground rescue, a helicopter from California Highway Patrol (CHP) was also requested in order to speed up the process.
However, high winds at the mountain prevented the CHP helicopter from approaching Radanyi's precarious spot.
SCSO was able to contact Chris Carr, owner of Shasta Mountain Guides. Carr revealed that he had several guides already on the mountain, who were able to reach Radanyi and evaluate his condition.
According to SCSO, at this point Radanyi was suffering from hypothermia, and could not descend the mountain even with the help of those guides. The guides were able to notify rescuers when wind speeds on the mountain had slowed to 15 or 20 mph—allowing the CHP helicopter to swoop in and recover Radanyi.
Radanyi was transported to Mercy Mt. Shasta Hospital for treatment.
"Mr. Radanyi was definitely endangered," Sheriff Jon Lopey said, "and we are grateful he is alive and well and getting the medical attention he needs, thanks to the excellent team effort of our gallant rescuers.”