Calf. Climber Rescued From Towering Cliff

CHICO, Calif. (AP) - A 30-year-old climber stranded for five hours 125 feet above a creek in Northern California is back on the ground.

Authorities say Shae Enrique of Gridley was scaling a cliff Friday above Big Chico Creek when he got to spot he didn't think was safe.

Chico Fire Department spokeswoman Marie Fickert says Enrique tried to climb out for about 90 minutes before calling for help.

By then it was dark and windy, making the rescue challenging for an eight-member team of rescuers from the Chico Fire Department and Butte County Search and Rescue.

Rescuers rappelled to Enrique and helped him down the cliff to a 24-foot ladder.

Enrique tells the Chico Enterprise-Record that he bit off more than he could chew.
Information from: Chico Enterprise-Record,

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