A woman died after falling 100 feet on Mount Whitney and spending 2 days alone in freezing temperatures

Snow blankets Mt. Whitney after recent snow storms blanketed the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains with several feet of snow in Lone Pine, California, on February 6, 2019.

  • Cassandra Bravo, a nurse and mother-of-two from Loma Linda, California, died after falling from a trail on Mount Whitney in California's Inyo National Forest last week. 
  • She went for a day hike on Thursday, and slipped and fell 100 feet down from a rocky pass. 
  • She survived in the cold for two nights before rescuers found her, but later died at a nearby hospital.
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A 34-year-old woman in California died over the weekend after falling 100 feet on Mount Whitney and spending two nights alone in freezing temperatures, too injured make it back to safety.

Cassandra Bravo, a nurse and mother-of-two from Loma Linda, had gone for a day hike on Mount Whitney Trail  in California's Inyo National Forest on Thursday when she slipped and fell down rocky terrain, family members told CBS Los Angeles.

While her injuries have not been fully detailed, her family said Bravo was able to crawl under a log for protection as she waited for help.

Bravo's family grew worried when they didn't hear from her Thursday night and called the local sheriff's office, according to a a GoFundMe page raising money for care for her children.

The Inyo County Sheriff's Office found Bravo's car at the entrance to the trail, and launched a search alongside Bravo's family and friends.

Bravo was found alive on Saturday morning "down a steep slope of rock," the GoFundMe said.

She was wearing a tank top and leggings at the time, and had survived in the wilderness for two nights in freezing temperatures — a weekend forecast warning shared by the sheriff's office before her hike had said there was a windchill of -20 degrees Fahrenheit.

Bravo was taken to a nearby hospital, but ultimately died of her injuries.

"I got to hug her and tell her I loved her and tell her goodbye," her 10-year-old son Jonathan told CBS Los Angeles. "She meant everything to me."

Loma Linda University Medical Center, where Bravo worked, said her legacy would always be remembered.

"Cassie was an incredible woman, mother, friend, and nurse," the medical center said in a statement to CBS Los Angeles. "She was passionate about nursing and she was an incredible advocate for her patients. She was a single mom who loved her children fiercely."

Mt. Whitney, which sits on the border of Sequoia National Park, is the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states. The Mt. Whitney Trail is a popular 11-mile hike among visitors that stretches over 6,000 feet. 

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