American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Oregon, Mt. Hood

  • Accident Reports
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  • Publication Year: 1962

Oregon, Mt. Hood. On August 28, Dean Smith (19) left Tiberline Lodge at 10:30 a.m. and arrived on the summit via the South Side Route. He crossed the big crevasse in the Chute on the left side apparently near the rock wall. Because of the icy conditions, with which he was unfamiliar and for which he was poorly equipped, he was afraid to descend by the same route. Therefore he found his way down the Wy’ East Route after two false starts down gullies leading into the crater. By 8:00 p.m. he had reached the bottom of the mountain in the vicinity of the east side of White River Canyon. He spent much of the night stumbling around in the dark trying to find his way across White River with its medial moraines. After sleeping about an hour under a tree he found the Skyline Trail and followed it to the Lodge arriving at 8:15 a.m., August 29. Smith was in excellent condition except for a cut over his right eye caused by falling rock. His shoes were completely disintegrated.

Source: MORESCO.

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