American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Weather, Hypothermia, AMS, Oregon, Mount Hood

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  • Publication Year: 1991


Oregon, Mount Hood

On June 9, Cassandra Kelley (38) was transported from the 3000 meter level on the south side of Mount Hood to Timberline Lodge. She was with a Mazama group, and was experiencing altitude sickness and hypothermia symptoms on the ascent. The group continued to the summit, where they experienced high winds and blizzard conditions. Clackamus County searchers were called at 1330 and found the group at 1608 using a locator unit which fixed on the beeper being carried by the group. (Source: from a story in the Sunday Oregonian, June 10, 1990)

(Editors Note: No information on how or why a rescue team was called in was included in the report. Beepers are being used by many groups on Mount Hood now, as a result of the 1986 blizzard in which nine persons from the Oregon Episcopal School died.)

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