January 28, 2020
Injured, missing hikers survive ordeals on Mt. Baldy
MT. BALDY – (INT) – Sheriff’s helicopter crews have been busy rescuing injured and stranded hikers from snow and ice-covered Mt. Baldy.

Two Los Angeles men, Raul Soltero, 27, and Damian Torres, 28, were hoisted to safety from Devil’s Backbone which has claimed several lives in recent years.

Icing conditions were described as ‘extreme’ when Soltero slipped into an ice chute. A tree stopped his slide. His injuries were said to be non-life-threatening.

Torres did not fall, but became stranded and was also hoisted aboard a helicopter. Neither hiker had been wearing crampons.

Last month, a sheriff’s volunteer fell into an ice chute and was killed while searching for a missing hiker who was never found.

In another rescue late Friday night, Daniel Evans, 26, of Santa Ana became lost while hiking through Ice House Canyon wearing only light clothing and tennis shoes. A sheriff’s helicopter crew using night vision goggles located Evans at the 8,000 foot level and hoisted him to safety.

Evans was treated at San Antonio Regional Hospital for hypothermia.
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