Tulare county firefighters and the sheriff's office set up a staging area near the base of Tucker Mountain. Fire crews said they got an emergency call about a downed paraglider at around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon.
A fellow paraglider ABC30 talked to said he and about 30 other people are taking part in a week-long national paragliding competition that basically takes competitors from Dunlap, all the way down to the Porterville airport.
Emergency crews had to use a local rancher's ATVs and fire roads to get through the very rugged hilly terrain where the man crashed.
The paragliders are given a gps device that they press if they get into a situation like this or they're lost -- they can tell emergency crews what their exact location is.
Tulare firefighters say he was airlifted to a hospital in Fresno with major injuries.