RENO, Nev. (AP) — An Portland man is recovering after losing traction on icy terrain and sliding down a mountain while snowshoeing at Lake Tahoe.
The El Dorado County sheriff's office says 50-year-old Brian Meek was hiking by himself and was near the 9,735-foot peak of Mount Tallac when the accident happened around noon Saturday.
He slid about 400 feet and collided with a rock.
The Tahoe Daily Tribune (http://bit.ly/RlQw1c ) reports Meek suffered compound leg fractures.
Icy conditions prevented helicopters from landing at the rescue site. Search and rescue personnel used mountaineering techniques to reach Meek, who received medical care before being hoisted out of the area by a California Highway Patrol helicopter.
He was taken to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, where he was listed in good condition Monday.