Ripcord rescues client by helicopter from 21,000 feet after Everest summit

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Evacuation after Everest summit

The Ripcord client is evacuated from Camp 2

A 59-year-old Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance client had just summited Mt. Everest and was beginning his descent when he experienced severe back pain and dehydration. It was clear to his guides his injuries would prevent his safe decent through the Khumbu icefall back to Base Camp, so they called Redpoint for help.

The Ripcord client was at Camp 4, at about 26,000 feet, when his back pain and dehydration made it unsafe for him to descend: Rehydration at that altitude is very difficult and the injected medication for his back pain could cause him to become disoriented.

Sherpas short-roped him down, and assisted him to Camp 2, at 21,000 feet in altitude.

Redpoint dispatched a rescue helicopter to evacuate him from Camp 2. The weight of the aircraft is an important consideration at that altitude, so the seats of the aircraft were removed in Lukla, Nepal. As a result, the client needed to wear his climbing harness and clip into a carabiner for safety. After a seat reconfiguration and refueling stop in Lukla, the Ripcord client was taken to a clinic in Kathmandu.

“The process was very efficient,” the client said later. “It was simple, I got the evacuation and assistance I needed at the opportune time, and I’m very grateful.”

In the Nepalese capital, he was evaluated and treated by physicians, was discharged, and returned home to New Zealand.

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.