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  1. Lorraine says

    We met these 2 fellows (C & A) as we were hiking up Saddleback. They told us the route they were planning on hiking (over the back of Saddleback) and the gear that they had. Only 1 of them had crampons, the other had micro spikes, and they had a little rope. Once at the top of the mountain, we could not watch them go over the back side of Saddleback. The wind was howling and the ice was thick and the last thing they said to us was, “We hope you don’t read about us in a written accident report!” We were worried about them for the rest of the day and we got news that evening while at JBL that one of them had been hurt. We had a restless night’s sleep! We are glad that they are alive, however, they made an extremely poor decision and risked the lives of not only themselves but the rescuers…all for the sake of climbing a mountain (Basin would have been #46 for one of them). The mountain isn’t going anywhere…Hopefully they have learned from this! Thank you rescue team for your dedication!

  2. Michael P Douglass says

    This hiker was very Lucky to have so many Awesome DEC Rangers and a dedicated crew of volunteers to help them out. The Rangers take care of the mountains we love and us hikers when we need it , Thanks !!!

  3. Carol White says

    Another person fell sixty feet off Saddleback on February 20, 1999, a nun working on the Winter 46. She and her companion had climbed over Basin and were very near the summit of Saddleback, but couldn’t quite make it. Finally admitting they’d have to give up, she turned and fell. Her life was saved only because two men from Poland happened to be camping nearby and took care of her all night while her companion hiked many miles out to get help. She had multiple injuries and had to be helicoptered out the next day, itself quite a tale; details are in my anthology, Women With Altitude, about the first 33 women to become Winter 46ers.

  4. Dennis Hickey says

    Just wondering why the names and ages of the rescued aren’t mentioned. Would maybe help others think twice about attempting such a irresponsible adventure.

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