The adventure photographer and filmmaker Cody Tuttle died in a paragliding accident in the Southern Sierra Nevada on Wednesday, August 14. At approximately 1:20 P.M., an Inyo County Sheriff’s dispatch received notification of Tuttle’s emergency InReach activation north of Striped Mountain and south of Taboose Pass, near Independence, California.

A Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks helicopter located Tuttle at 12,600 feet and confirmed that he was dead, but because of the altitude and afternoon heat, rescuers were unable to complete the recovery until the following morning, with the assistance of California Highway Patrol Coastal Division Air Operations. He was flown to Bishop Airport, where custody was transferred to the Inyo County coroner. …

“Out here on the east side, all the flying sites are wild and free. There’s no membership, no insurance, no license, no certifications— everything is cowboy out here,” Turner told me in 2015. “The Owens Valley and the Eastern Sierra are world-famous for turbulence, extreme flying conditions, extremely high altitudes achieved with the paraglider, and strong winds.”

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