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Rock climber rescued from Yosemite talks about ordeal

MODESTO, Calif. (WKRC) -- A climber who survived a fall in Yosemite National Park  is talking about the ordeal from his hospital bed.
The California Highway Patrol made a daring helicopter rescue to save his life. Rescue video shows the rock climber, who fell 30 feet from a granite wall.

26-year old Blake Parkinson of Palo Alto landed on a ledge one-thousand feet above the Yosemite Valley floor. A CHP rescue crew and National Park Service responders were tasked with hoisting Parkinson off the ledge.

Now in a hospital bed, Parkinson is being treated for spinal fractures. In time he is expected to recover.  "I hit my back on a boulder that was protruding off of a ledge. It had been a climb that I had wanted to do for quite a while, but I'll have to wait to finish it up another time I guess."

Despite his injuries, Parkinson managed to give a thumbs up before reporters left the hospital, a sign of optimism and appreciation for the daring rescue that will allow him to climb again.

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