Climber calls for help from ledge after seeing friend fall 100 feet, Montana rescuers say

·1 min read

A rock climber, who was on a ledge 300 feet from the bottom of a mountain, called for help after seeing a friend fall 100 feet in Montana, rescue officials said.

Their friend fell near Bear Basin in Big Sky on Monday, Aug. 16, and suffered severe injuries, according to Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue.

Gallatin Search and Rescue, along with Rescue Big Sky Section, the SAR Heli Team, Big Sky Fire Department and Life Flight Network, responded to the call, officials said.

Rescue crews sent ground teams with “ropes and rigging gear,” while a helicopter team flew into the area, according to the sheriff’s department.

“The patient was packaged and short hauled to an awaiting medical unit,” the sheriff’s department said.

The climber was taken by helicopter to Bozeman Health for medical care, according to officials. The other climber, along with a Heli Team member, were also “hauled off the mountain.”

In an email to McClatchy News, Capt. Scott Secor with Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue said there was no additional information about the rescue, adding that the climber’s condition is unknown.

Big Sky is about 185 miles southwest of Billings.

Emergency crews respond to stranded climber stuck on Morro Rock

Climber falls 50 feet from popular hiking spot in NC mountains, officials say

Hiker tumbles 120 feet down snowy embankment on remote Washington trail, deputies say