A Medford teen was plucked off Mount Shasta by helicopter Monday after breaking an ankle while climbing the western slope.
Weston Grant, 18, and a partner had climbed to about 12,820 feet to an area of the mountain known as Red Banks when the partner started showing signs of altitude sickness, according to a Siskiyou County sheriff’s release and California Highway Patrol reports.
The two began glissading down the mountain — a sliding technique used on steep slopes of snow — but Grant still had his crampons attached to his boots, and when he caught his right boot on a block of ice, he fell, according to the sheriff’s office. His partner called 911 from the mountain at about 8:15 a.m.
Rescuers found Grant near Lake Helen, which is at 10,420 feet.
Before resorting to the aid of a helicopter, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Burns, the search-and-rescue coordinator, sought aid from the Climbing Rangers, a rescue team from the U.S. Forest Service Mount Shasta ranger station, but the rangers were out of the area on training.
CHP officer Steve Grammer, paramedic flight officer J.R. Keane and crew reached Grant using Helicopter H-14, part of CHP’s Northern Division Air Operations Unit out of Redding.
Grant was airlifted to an ambulance and taken to Mercy Medical Center in Mount Shasta, according to the sheriff’s office. He is expected to make a full recovery.