Edward Jack Miller saved Hallard B. Kinnison from possible fatal shock, Yosemite National Park, California, July 7, 1970. Kinnison, 24, college student, fractured a thigh bone when he fell onto a ledge 750 feet above the base of a precipitous rocky peak which he was climbing with Miller, 31, schoolteacher, and another student, 20. Fearing that Kinnison would die of shock if, awaiting a rescue party, he was subjected to the lower temperature of the approaching night without medication and food, Miller made a solo descent and walked to a cabin where he obtained medicine and other supplies. Returning to the cliff, he began a solo ascent. Although leaving most of the supplies at the 300-foot level, he had difficulty climbing because of his waning strength. Deciding to avoid an overhang at the 700-foot level, Miller made his way through a crevice and came to a narrow ledge which sloped upward to the next level. Because he needed his last rope for the final leg of the climb, Miller traversed the ledge with no safety aid. He then climbed to Kinnison’s position. Although Miller had brought Kinnison a sleeping bag and medicine, it was felt that the rest of the supplies would be needed before a rescue party could arrive. Because Miller was so fatigued, the other student volunteered to get the supplies. By then it was dark. The student made the descent with the aid of a flashlight but was unable to get the supplies past the 450-foot level. In total darkness, the flashlight being lost, Miller descended to that level and then took the supplies to Kinnison’s position, again crossing the narrow ledge. The next day a rescue party removed Kinnison, who recovered after hospitalization.
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