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Climber Injured in Fall on Angel's Fright at Tahquitz Rock Above Idyllwild: Cal Fire

Cal Fire and Riverside Mountain Rescue volunteers were called out Sunday to the popular rock dome near Humber Park.

Rock-climbing rescue volunteers and firefighters were called out Sunday to Tahquitz Rock, the 800-foot rock dome that towers above Idyllwild, to help a climber who was injured in a fall on the Angel's Fright route.

Cal Fire firefighters responded to a "hiker down" call on Angel's Fright at 12:34 p.m. Sept. 23, Melody Hendrickson of Cal Fire-Riverside County said in a statement.

Angel's Fright is a multi-pitch route of several hundred feet on the West Face of Tahquitz, almost directly above Lunch Rock. It is rated 5.5 to 5.6 and most climbers use rope and other protective gear to ascend it.

"First arriving engine company reported a male hiker who had fallen and sustained injuries to his lower extremities," Hendrickson said in a statement.

Firefighters walked up to the victim and helped him walk out, Hendrickson said. He refused treatment at the scene.

Idyllwild is in the San Jacinto Mountains south of Banning, Beaumont and the rest of the San Gorgonio Pass.

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