- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

LEAVENWORTH, Wash. (AP) - A 41-year-old climber has been hospitalized after falling in an area above Colchuck Lake in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

The Chelan County sheriff’s office says a rescue helicopter from Naval Air Base Whidbey Island hoisted James Adkins from the area around 1 a.m. Monday.

He was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with head and leg injuries. A hospital spokeswoman says he was in satisfactory condition Monday morning.

Hikers on Sunday night reported coming across an injured climber, who had fallen near an alpine area known as Colchuck Balanced Rock.

A locater beacon showed the climber man was at about 7,300 feet elevation and hikers could not reach him.

A helicopter was called in while a team on the ground also was organized.

The sheriff’s office says it’s unclear what caused him to fall.


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