Man Fell Hundreds of Feet to His Death While Hiking Mount Humphreys, CA

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Rescue crews are working to recover the body of a man who fell hundreds of feet to his death off Mount Humphreys in the eastern Sierra on Sunday.

The unnamed hiker, who was not named, was on Mount Humphreys, on the border between Fresno and Inyo counties. The California peak, nearly 14,000 feet tall, is located above the eastern Sierra town of Bishop.

According to the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, the man “fell off some large boulders along the western slope” of the peak on the Fresno County side. That report came from a hiker in another group who “was able to scale the granite slope and determine the man was deceased.”

Fresno County’s EAGLE One helicopter flew over the area and located the man’s body a few hundred feet below the peak of the mountain.

The EAGLE One helicopter and a search and rescue team were still working to recover the body late Monday morning. No more information about the hiker or incident was immediately available from authorities.

The death is the second on the mountain in as many months. On June 9th, local man Ray Warburton was descending the peak on skis when he was fatally hit by rockfall.

Mount Humphreys is a 13,992-foot mountain peak in the Sierra Nevada on the Fresno-Inyo county line in the U.S. state of California. It is the 14th highest peak in California and the highest peak in the Bishop area. The mountain was named by the California Geological Survey of 1873 for Andrew A. Humphreys, the chief engineer of the United States Army at the time.

Mount Humphreys, california
Mount Humphreys, CA

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