Heroic efforts fail to save three ski patrollers at Mammoth Mountain in California
April 15 2006, 3:25 AM
MAMMOTH LAKES, CA - Two miles high in the Eastern Sierra, a volcanic hotspot swallowed the record 21-foot snowpack, claimed two of California's most experienced ski experts who fell into its maw, and then took the life of a colleague who tried to save them.
The deaths came on April 6 despite a series of heroic rescue efforts on Mammoth Mountain, one of the state's premier winter resorts, authorities said.
The tragedy unfolded in a fumarole, a crevasse that emits gases from deep within the mountain, set in a huge volcanically active basin.
Two ski patrol members had taken off their skis and were shoveling out the record snows that had obscured the 4-foot-high safety fence around the known hazard when the snow, apparently weakened by heat from below, gave way.
James Juarez, 35, a five-year veteran of the Mammoth Mountain ski patrol originally from Granada Hills, and John "Scott" McAndrews, 37, a Mammoth Mountain ski patroller from Bishop, fell to the bottom of the pit. They were engulfed in fumes, which elsewhere on the mountain emit a sickening sulfurous odor.
Avalanche hits Mammoth Mountain but no skiers reported missing
April 18 2006, 2:24 AM
MAMMOTH LAKES, CA - An avalanche struck a Mammoth Mountain ski run Monday but no one was found in the snow after hours of searching and no one was reported missing, a resort spokeswoman said.
Hundreds of searchers worked across the avalanche area using poles to probe the snow every six inches, and with no missing person reports, the situation was to be re-evaluated following a sweep with avalanche dogs, said Joani Lynch, spokeswoman for the popular Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.
"We fielded a number of calls from concerned individuals looking for people and it turns out that the individuals who were not accounted for were helping with the search," Lynch said.
Coyote, Bear, Mountain Lion Attacks in CO, MA, TN, WA
May 13 2006, 10:08 PM
Here's a summary of coyote, bear and mountain lion reports in Tennessee, Washington, Colorado and Massachusetts.
believed to have attacked family found
Chattanooga Times Free Press - TN, USA
… found the bear in the same trap where they detected paw prints
and other bear activity on Saturday in the Cherokee National Forest Chilhowee
Recreation Area …
Attacked By Coyote
Boston Channel.com - MA, USA
… On Monday night, three coyotes crept up to a hiker who was cooking
dinner. … Police are warning people about the coyote that attacked the
hiker . . </p>
Describes Coyote Attack
Boston Channel.com - MA, USA
NewsCenter 5's David Boeri reported that John Melvin, of Gardner, is
receiving rabies treatment after he was bitten by a coyote in the town
Monday. … </p>
Matches from long-lost hiker save pair in San Jacinto Wilderness of southern California
May 10 2006, 8:35 PM
PALM SPRINGS - A Dallas couple lost for 2 ½ days near the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway stumbled across the campsite of a hiker who vanished more than a year ago, relying on supplies from the missing man's backpack to survive.
On Tuesday, Brandon Day, 28, and 24-year-old Gina Allen thanked not just their rescuers but also John Donovan, of Virginia, a 60-year-old hiker who disappeared in the snowy San Jacinto Mountains in early May 2005. Provisions from Donovan's backpack provided the couple with food, heavy clothes and matches that they used to make a signal fire that alerted rescuers to their location.
"I want to thank him for helping save our lives," Day said at a news conference Tuesday.
Authorities found paperwork in the backpack showing it belonged to Donovan, who remains missing. Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Earl Quinata said searches are planned for this week.
Chris Hook, Donovan's longtime friend, was overjoyed at the news Tuesday and was hopeful that the discovery would soon lead to the recovery of the retired social worker's remains.
Missing Man's Backpack Rescues Lost Hikers in California
May 13 2006, 9:33 PM
Lost hikers in San Jacinto Mountains in California stumbled upon the campsite of a hiker missing for a year and his equipment is believed to have spared their lives.
<!--more--> Missing man's pack rescues lost <strong>hikers </strong>
The Olympian - Olympia,WA,USA
IDYLLWILD, Calif. — A couple that got lost on a hike and spent three nights in the San Jacinto Mountains stumbled upon the campsite <strong>... </strong> See all stories on this topic
Brandon Day, 28, and Gina Allen, 24, of Dallas said they found a backpack of supplies in the deserted campsite of John Donovan, a little more than a year after he vanished.
Donovan's matches "gave us the means to get out," Allen said in a telephone interview Wednesday, a day after the couple were rescued. </p>
Two people who were lost for three nights in the San Jacinto Mountains were rescued after they stumbled across the campsite of a long-lost <strong>hiker </strong> and used his <strong>... </strong> See all stories on this topic </p>
World Backcountry Accidents in South Africa, Mount Lhotse, Everest, Russia
May 13 2006, 9:30 PM
Here is the May 13 round up of backcountry accidents in South Africa, Mount Lhotse, Everest, Russia
<!--more--> Rescuers abseil to the aid of trapped tourist
Independent Online - Cape Town,South Africa
<strong>... </strong> Tromp said that shortly after the call-out at 4pm a Red Cross Skymed helicopter airlifted two WSAR <strong>climbers </strong> to the top of the mountain from where one abseiled <strong>... </strong>
Czech <strong>Climber </strong> Dies on Mt Lhotse
Himalayan Times - Kathmandu,Nepal
A mountaineer from the Czech Republic, who was part of a Norwegian expedition team, died on Mt Lhotse on Wednesday, a mountaineering source said on Thursday. <strong>... </strong>
<strong>Climber </strong> breaks false leg on Everest
Supersport - Johannesburg,South Africa
New Zealander Mark Inglis, trying to become the first double amputee to climb Mount Everest, snapped one of his artificial legs in an accident on the peak. <strong>... </strong></p>
Climber snaps false leg on Everest
Independent Online - Cape Town,South Africa
<strong>... </strong> a cold and lost his voice and has found the climb "a lot harder than he thought it would be", after climbing Cho Oyu, the world's sixth <strong>highest </strong><strong>mountain </strong> at 8 <strong>... </strong> See all stories on this topic </p>
Backcountry Accidents in Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, Ore
May 13 2006, 9:32 PM
Here's the May 13, 2006 round up of backcountry accidents Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oregon, and Utah.
<!--more--> High temps partly to blame for <strong>hiker's </strong> collapse
AZFamily (subscription) - Phoenix,AZ,USA
By Mike Watkiss / 3TV reporter. A <strong>hiker </strong> collapsed in Echo Canyon on Camelback Mountain and rescuers say heat played a role. Christine <strong>...</strong>
Woman Rescued from Red River Gorge
WKYT - Lexington,KY,USA
A woman <strong>hiking </strong> with her family near the Meniffee and Powell County line fell into the Red River Gorge this afternoon. She was in <strong>... </strong> </p>
<strong>Hiker </strong> rescued from Crow Hill
Worcester Telegram (subscription) - Worcester,MA,USA
By Scott J. Croteau TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF. PRINCETON— A 33-year-old man fell more than 30 feet from Crow Hill cliffs in Leominster <strong>... </strong>
<strong>Hiker </strong> Attacked By Wild Dogs
KHNL-TV/KHBC/KOGG - Honolulu,HI,USA
<strong>... </strong> A woman and her dog face off against a pack of wild hunting dogs. At about 11:25 Saturday morning crews were called to Pali Trail for an injured <strong>hiker </strong>. <strong>... </strong>
Jeremy Buck, 41, broke a rib and suffered hip and leg injuries. </p>
Snow cat drivers from Timberline Lodge were later dispatched to the 9,200 level of the mountain to take Buck to the lodge. The rescue team and Buck reached the lodge at 10 p.m., their backpacks frozen to their clothing. </p>
News in Brief
The Moscow Times - Russia
<strong>Elbrus </strong>, an emergency official said. <strong>... </strong> Rescuers were still searching for the other four climbers, Boris Tilov, chief of the <strong>Elbrus </strong> rescuers' service, said. (AP). <strong>... </strong>
Middle-aged people whose strength is on the wane climb snow-covered mountains in small groups, and push themselves too hard too quickly. At the planning stage, they're already creating a risk of accidents," Maruyama said.
Here's a summary of international accidents including three killed in a Japan accident and a rescue in Australia. Nagano avalanche claims three <strong>hikers </strong>
The Japan Times - Japan
Two women and a man were killed Monday when they were caught in an avalanche in Nagano Prefecture, police said. The incident occurred <strong>... </strong>
Four climbers winched to safety
Sunshine Coast Daily - Queensland,Australia
<strong>... </strong> They became stuck 120 metres above the base, unable to move up or down the second <strong>highest </strong><strong>mountain </strong> in the Glasshouse Mountains National Park and were forced to <strong>... </strong></p>
Former Rainier Ranger in Avalanche in Canadian Rockies
May 13 2006, 9:51 PM
Charlie Borgh, a former climbing ranger at Mount Rainier, died in an avalanche in the Canadian Rockies.
<!--more--> <strong>Climber </strong> Killed in Avalanche
OUTDOORNEWSWIRE - Seattle,WA,USA
by OutdoorNewsWire.com Staff. Seattle, WA - Twenty-six year old lead climbing ranger Charlie Borgh on Mount Deltaform last week, according to Climbing.com. <strong>... </strong>
Accidents: PCT and Mount Bona Fatalities, Bicyclist Bear Encounter in Banff
May 20 2006, 12:00 PM
<!--more--> <strong>Hiker </strong> Killed On Pacific Crest Trail
Crestline Courier-News - Crestline,CA,USA
<strong>... </strong> A few minutes after Echols disappeared, Terry Thompson from San Diego came down the trail with a <strong>hiker </strong> partner and heard Mrs. Echols' calls for assistance.
Climber injured in fall on Second Flatiron
Rocky Mountain News - Denver,CO,USA
By Rocky Mountain News. A climber was injured last evening when he fell while <strong>climbing </strong> on the Second Flatiron west of Chautauqua Park. <strong>... </strong></p>
2 Injured in 500 Foot Fall Into Devil's Kitchen on Mount Hood Involving Three Parties
June 28 2006, 9:54 AM
Two were injured in a 500 foot fall on Mount Hood into Devil's Kitchen involving three parties.
Two were injured in a 500 foot fall on Mount Hood into Devil’s Kitchen involving three parties.
Two hurt on Mount Hood
Corvallis Gazette Times - Corvallis,OR,USA
Two climbers were seriously injured Saturday in a 500-foot fall near the top of Mount Hood, and a National Guard helicopter was sent to rescue them.
The pair were identified as Aaron Dunlop, 31, of Newberg and Jeremy Hawkins, 32, of Tigard, sheriff’s deputies said.
A third climber in the party walked off the 11,240-foot mountain, the highest peak in Oregon and a popular destination for Pacific Northwest climbers.
She said the Guard rescue team has been very busy as the summer climbing season arrives.
“We’re on the mountain more than off,'’ Fristad said. “This is the time when the mountain is changing. The snow is softening, and crevasses are forming. It’s not a good time for climbers.'’
Witnesses told KGW-TV, the network’s Portland affiliate, that one climber fell so hard his helmet shattered.
They also said there was rain on the mountain overnight, creating especially slippery and treacherous conditions.
Strovink said the climbers were among three parties going for the top of the mountain Saturday morning.
The lead party fell backward, hitting a second party, and the mass of climbers then fell into a third party, he said.
The Reach and Treat Team arrived at the scene about 1:30 p.m. via a Snowcat courtesy of Timberline Lodge. Dave Ewing, a team paramedic, said one of the climbers suffered what appeared to be a broken jaw. Another had broken his ankle, he said.
All three were bloody with ice burns and abrasions. One of the climbers suffered a deep gash on his arm, which Ewing figures was inflicted by an ice axe or crampons during the fall.
<strong>Hiker </strong> missing in Mount Baldy area
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin - Ontario,CA,USA
SAN DIMAS - Search and rescue teams were still looking for a <strong>hiker </strong> who went missing Friday afternoon in the Mt. Baldy area. Los <strong>... </strong></p>
Missing Oregon <strong>hiker </strong> found in good condition <br />
Katu.com - Portland,OR,USA <br />
BEND, Ore. - A 45-year-old <strong>hiker </strong> from Lake Oswego spent the night under a tree while rescuers searched for her on South Sister in Deschutes County. <strong>... </strong><br />
Backcountry Accidents: Fatalities at Mount Gilip, Colorado and Leonard Harrison Park in Ne
June 28 2006, 9:49 AM
Man falls to death on Mt. Gilpin
Durango Herald - Durango,CO,USA
A Fort Collins man spending Father's Day <strong>climbing </strong> Mt. <strong>... </strong> David Lauer, 64, was <strong>climbing </strong> the 13,694-foot peak with Anna Milburn-Lauer. <strong>... </strong>
Published: June 30, 2006
Last Modified: June 30, 2006 at 02:46 PM
A male climber died of unknown causes late Thursday afternoon as he descended Mount McKinley's West Buttress. Terrain and weather do not appear to be factors in the death, according to Denali National Park officials.
"We just don't know what happened," said park spokeswoman Maureen McLaughlin. Officials are withholding information about the man's identity until his family is notified. He's a foreign citizen, according to McLaughlin, and officials don't expect to reach the family until tonight. She would not disclose what country he's from.
The climber was coming down what's known as the Headwall, a steep, challenging section of ice and hard-packed snow that drops from 16,200 to 15,200 feet. Ropes are permanently planted along that section to help climbers, McLaughlin said.
At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, the climber either collapsed or sat down along the route, according to the National Park Service. When teammates checked him, he was unconscious and unresponsive. Someone gave him CPR but couldn't revive him, and teammates called the Park Service ranger camp at the 14,200-foot level for help.
A crew of Denali mountaineering rangers, volunteers and mountain guides reached the group about 8 p.m. They strapped the man to a carrier and took him down to the 14,200-foot camp. He was pronounced dead at 11:30 p.m. Thursday at the camp.
Park officials expect to know more about why the climber died after a medical examination and further conversations with his teammates and family. It doesn't appear that he fell. The weather was warm and windy at the time.
McLaughlin said she doesn't think the climber reached the summit.
On Friday afternoon, weather on the mountain turned stormy; wind was blowing hard, and it was snowing. Once weather permits, a helicopter will remove the victim's body from the mountain. On a mountain that frequently claims climbers' lives, the Headwall is not considered one of the more dangerous spots. One person died there from storm-related exposure in 1994, McLaughlin said. There may have been more, but her records show only one fatality on the fixed ropes. Earlier this year, two women climbing the park's second-tallest mountain, Mount Foraker, disappeared and are presumed dead.