updated 2/24/2009 3:45:57 PM ET 2009-02-24T20:45:57

A helicopter crew on Tuesday rescued a South Korean climber who was stranded by an avalanche on the north face of Yosemite National Park's iconic Half Dome.

Yosemite officials said the climber broke his left leg but is alert and responsive. He was being evaluated at a park clinic.

Yosemite spokeswoman Adrienne Freeman said the climber had been stranded since Monday afternoon. Falling snow and ice separated him from his seven-person climbing party.

One of the other climbers radioed for help after getting off the mountain.

Freeman said the experienced climber was well-equipped and able to hunker down in his sleeping bag as temperatures dipped below freezing Tuesday morning.

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