By Caleb Hutton
A Vancouver, B.C., mountain climber was airlifted from the 8,500-foot level of Mount Baker after slipping on ice and cutting his face earlier this week.
The man and a climbing partner had already summited the mountain and were on their way down when they sent out a SPOT beacon at 3 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14, said Whatcom County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Jilk.
A U.S. Navy helicopter from Whidbey Island and a search and rescue team responded. The helicopter pilot found the men at 11 a.m. One climber was “fine,” Jilk said, but the other appeared to have suffered a concussion after slipping on ice during the descent. He had cuts and bruises to his face.
The injured man was airlifted to St. Joseph hospital with injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening. The other climber skied down the mountain alone.