A Southern California woman died Saturday after she fell while hiking solo on the Mount Whitney Trail. Cassandra Bravo, 34, was a single mother of two and worked as a nurse at Loma Linda University Medical Center.
Bravo was reportedly day-hiking along the Mt. Whitney Trail on Thursday, November 5, when she slipped and fell about 100 feet down rocky terrain. She spent two nights alone and injured in freezing temperatures as the season’s first major snowstorm approached. She was said to be wearing just a tank top and leggings, and the weather took a turn for the worse with wind-chill temperatures forecasted to be -20 degrees F. Although seriously injured, she was able to find a tiny bit of shelter from the freezing wind by getting herself to a fallen tree. Missing hiker dies after
Family and friends joined Inyo County Search and Rescue in looking for Bravo. She was eventually located alive but hypothermic. She was airlifted to Antelope Valley in Lancaster where she succumbed to her injuries several hours later.
She leaves behind her son, 10, and daughter, 7. A GoFundMe account has been set up to assist Bravo’s children. Missing hiker dies after
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A safety message from Inyo Search and Rescue
InyoSAR has some tips for those heading outdoors in wintry conditions:
• Turn around before you get cold!
• Just because you’re really, really cold doesn’t mean you are dying. You can survive being cold. Staying warm takes effort, and it can be a team effort. Cuddle, move, eat calories, stay dry.
• NEVER leave a cold partner. They will just get colder.
• Insulation will keep you warm, not just a waterproof layer alone. A waterproof jacket is not made for cold. High quality down or synthetic insulation is the only way to create a microclimate inside your layers that’s warm. The thicker the insulation, the better it will keep out the cold.
• Bring extra batteries and keep them in a warm place. They don’t like cold. Lithium batteries work better in cold. Missing hiker dies after
• Bring extra socks. Seriously, always have extra socks; they can even be used as mittens.
• Chemical shaker warm packs are nice, but spend the weight on real clothes instead. Also, the packs only work if they have air so in your socks or tucked tight into clothing they can’t breathe and won’t work as well. They work in bigger, loose pockets.
• Also, manage your sweat. Extra effort means extra sweat, and sweat means wet and wetness means COLD.