American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Washington, Cascades, Lundin Peak

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  • Publication Year: 1964

Washington, Cascades, Lundin Peak. On 18 May James Barnett, Robert Rasar, Ann Antonich and George Aspman left the highway at Snoqualmie Pass at 7:30 A.M. to climb Lundin Peak. The day was clear and warm. They observed avalanche activity on adjacent slopes but none on the slopes they were ascending. They turned around several hundred feet short of the summit and proceeded a short distance down a snow gully to a rock outcrop. They stopped at the rock outcrop and ate lunch. At 2:00 P.M. as they were leaving the rock outcrop they heard the hissing sound of an avalanche. Aspman and Antonich took the few steps back to the safety of the rock. Rasar and Barnett were swept down the hill through a group of trees about 200 feet below and then beyond. The avalanche persisted for several minutes. Aspman and Antonich proceeded down the hill and reached Barnett who shouted for help. Barnett indicated he had a broken leg. Rasar was found nearby. He was unconscious and bleeding from mouth and ears. Antonich stayed to cover and protect both while Aspman returned to Snoqualmie Pass for help. Rasar succumbed as a result of his injuries.

Source: Frank C. Fickeisen.

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