Hiker who couldn’t “feel the skin on her legs” after paralyzing bite rescued from mountains in California

Hiker who couldn’t “feel the skin on her legs” after paralyzing bite rescued from mountains in California


Nature: John Muir Wilderness

Nature: John Muir Wilderness

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A hiker paralyzed by a bite in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains last week was safely rescued after he was able to relay his location just before his phone malfunctioned, officials said.

The woman took the Sierra Nevada Tapus Trail John Muir Trail After encountering a lot of snow, while fetching water from a creek, she was bitten by what she thought was a spider, Inyo County Search and Rescue officials said in a post on social media.

“After that, he did not feel the skin on his legs and was unable to continue descending,” rescue officials said. The hiker, who was not identified by authorities, was able to call and send his coordinates to rescue officials around 6:30 p.m. before his phone battery died.

The provincial search and rescue team arrived at the trailhead shortly before midnight and “slowly walked her up the difficult section of trail while securing her with ropes,” before transporting her to a wheeled dumpster that the team had hidden in a more stable area. Officials said the road was a quarter mile from their location.

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Inyo County Search and Rescue via Facebook

The authorities did not reveal any details about the woman's condition.

“About half of the emergency calls SAR receives are from someone whose phone battery has died,” said the department, which has asked hikers to bring power banks for phones or satellite messaging devices.

“While we're on the subject of the Tappos Trail, we'd like to remind everyone that the Tappos, Sawmill, Baxter, and Shepherd Pass trails are subject to much less maintenance than the rest of the trails in the Sierra,” the department added. “You may encounter very difficult sections and have difficulty finding routes, not to mention steep inclines.”



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