Mariposa & Yosemite

Rock climber falls 65 feet at Yosemite

A rock climber who fell 65 feet Thursday night while scaling Yosemite's El Capitan is being treated for head and chest injuries.

The climber, a 48-year-old man from France, was following a popular climbing route on El Capitan called the Salathe Wall, Yosemite officials said. He fell near the El Cap Spire, approximately 1,600 feet above Yosemite Valley, sustaining injuries to his head and chest and losing consciousness. Other climbers provided basic medical assistance until park rangers arrived.

Rangers were flown to the site of the fall at 7 a.m. today, and a 12-member search-and-rescue party was airlifted to the summit of El Capitan to provide additional assistance. The injured climber was taken by air to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto.