Sledding Injury Tuckerman Ravine

The victim was sledding on an inner-tube on the floor of the ravine. He was travelling at a high rate of speed when his tube turned him around backwards and he slammed into a chunk of ice at a high rate of speed. The impact with the ice sent him flying and he landed facedown, approximately 10′ downhill. The victim was initially unresponsive and had a compromised airway, he was backboarded, given oxygen and put in a litter. He was carried to Pinkham by a group of volunteers and taken to the hospital by ambulance. During the rescue the patient remained stable but vomited numerous times during the carry out. This rescue took 32 people about 4.5 hours (118 person hours) to complete. It was reported back that the victim suffered a couple of broken ribs and a concussion.

Hiking Crampon Injury

The victim was hiking up the Right Gully wearing crampons (and had no ice axe) when he fell. He caught his crampon in the fall twisting his ankle. He was lowered down the slope on a 300′ static rope by the MWVSP and a USFS Snow Ranger and put in a litter on the floor of the ravine. He was then carried down to Pinkham by a group of volunteers and taken by ambulance to the hospital. This rescue took 24 people and 4 hours (46.5 person hours) to complete. The victim reported back that he had broken his ankle and had a plate and 5 screws installed.