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Illness — HACE, Exceeding Abilities, Ascending Too Fast — California, Mount Shasta, Misery Hill

ILLNESS – HACE, EXCEEDING ABILITIES, ASCENDING TOO FAST

California, Mount Shasta, Misery Hill

On July 30, Ken Goldstein (25) had stopped to rest at the base of Misery Hill (13,000 feet) and was later discovered unconscious and unresponsive. USFS climbing rangers were summoned. They administered oxygen to him, as he had regained consciousness. Goldstein was evacuated by a California Air National Guard helicopter and treated for HACE and dehydration at hospital. He recovered, but had no recollection of events surrounding the episode.

Analysis

Goldstein ascended too rapidly. Even at this elevation, one can develop serious altitude illness. (Source: Dan Tower, Wilderness Ranger, and Bob Musgrove.)