A man fell 1,200 feet down the middle Teton on Friday morning. Ryan Haymaker, 20, suffered critical injuries before rescue crews could arrive. Haymaker, who has been said to have very little climbing experience, was hiking with a companion when he fell. Jackson News reports that Haymaker slid down a snow slope, when he got going too fast. He then hit a rock, which flipped him around, causing him to pick up speed sliding head first down the mountain. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office called rangers, after a bystander ran to help Haymaker after witnessing the fall and called 911 to report the accident.
A life-flight helicopter was dispatched, and Haymaker was transported to EIRMC in Idaho Falls after being treated and stabilized by the park’s emergency doctor.
No word yet on how serious Haymakers injuries are.
The fall is the second fall to happen on the middle Teton this season.