RAW: Climber airlifted to Reno after fall near Happy Boulders area

A San Francisco woman was airlifted to Reno last Saturday after falling about 15 feet onto the ground, while climbing near Bishop, according to Inyo County Sheriff Department officials.

On Saturday, Nov. 23, at about 3 p.m., the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department received a telephone call regarding a female fall victim at the Happy Boulders off Chalk Bluff Road, north of Bishop, according to a news release. According to the reporting party, the female subject landed on her back and was screaming in pain.

The Happy Boulders is a popular area for boulderers, who climb relatively close to the ground without a rope, relying on a portable foam mat to soften a fall.

The Inyo County Search and Rescue (SAR) team responded to the location. The woman, identified as Kelli Iddings, 25, San Francisco, was secured on a wheeled litter and brought out to Chalk Bluff Road where Symons Ambulance Service was waiting. While inside the ambulance, Iddings said that she was climbing at the Happy Boulders when she missed her hand hold and fell about 15 feet to the ground, landed on her back, and hit her head.

Iddings was transported to Northern Inyo Hospital for treatment. Later that evening, Iddings was flown to Renown Hospital in Reno due to her injuries.