Stranded climber rescued from Dragontail Peak

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Climber rescued from Dragontail
Photo credit to Washington Trails Association

Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnet reports a climber was rescued from the south aspect of Dragontail Peak Sunday morning.

The man identified as 25 year old Hezekiel Hinshaw of Olympia had hiked and free climbed to an area on the mountain to a point where he said he couldn’t go up or down without help. RIVERCOM dispatch received the initial 911 call from the subject at 7:52pm Saturday evening.

Hinshaw said he had hiked up the mountain and became, “Stuck on cliffs”. Hinshaw did not have a rope or other climbing gear. He told dispatchers he had left his other gear at his camp at Colchuck Lake.

South aspect of Dragontail Peak where climber got stuck. Photo from Chelan County Sheriff’s office

He was not injured and remained in place until a team of four rescuers reached him Saturday morning and he was lowered down from the ledge using ropes. He was then escorted back to his campsite before 4 pm Sunday.

Hinshaw told the rescue team coordinators he mistakenly got off course while descending the mountain and came to a steep cliff area where he could not figure a safe route out.

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