Minnesotan hiker rescued after 1,200-foot fall in Wyoming mountains

The 35-year-old from Minneapolis was seriously injured.
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A hiker from Minnesota is in a serious condition after he suffered a 1,200-foot fall while hiking in the Rocky Mountains in Wyoming.

Polish national Jarek Strzalkowski, 35, who lives in Minneapolis, fell while hiking with a friend in the Paintbrush Canyon of the Grand Teton National Park.

He was hiking in snow and rock at the time when he lost his footing, falling on the east side of Paintbrush Divide.

"He fell approximately 1,200 feet over snow fields and rock outcroppings toward Grizzly Bear Lake," the National Park Service said in a news update.

His friend was able to ascend the trail and make a 911 call around 1:30 p.m. Monday, with three park rangers taken by helicopter to an area near where he fell.

They hiked to Strzalkowski's location and tended to his injuries. He was then flown via the "short-haul" technique – he was suspended below the helicopter on a 150-250 foot rope – to the trailhead.

An air ambulance then took him to a hospital in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

The NPS says short-haul is used when conditions or terrain make it difficult to land a helicopter at the location of an emergency.

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