Just after the new year, things have started to pick back up around Yosemite National Park. During the evening of January 2, 2016, California Highway Patrol Helicopter 40 (H40) was requested by Yosemite National Park Search and Rescue personnel (YOSAR) to assist with a first-light hoist rescue of an 63 year old injured hiker, who was on the Nevada Falls trail. Due to ice formation on the granite, she slipped and fell backwards approximately 15 feet onto the granite below, injuring her back. Due to the seriousness of her injury, she was unable to walk and conditions were too treacherous to carry her out. A team of 6 YOSAR rescue personnel packaged the patient and transferred her to the top of the icy trail. Two team members sheltered her in place overnight and prepared her for the hoist rescue. The next morning, H40 completed the rescue from the top of Nevada Falls utilizing the aircraft hoist and flew to Ahwahnee Meadow where she was turned over to Yosemite National Park paramedics. The patient was eventually flown to a Modesto area hospital for medical treatment of a possible fractured back. We all wish her a quick recovery!