Mountain guide dies after falling 2,500 feet from the peak of Mount Shasta in California
Mountain guide dies after climber slips on treacherous ascent of California’s Mount Shasta: three people tied together plummet 2,500 feet
- Jillian Elizabeth Webster, 32, of Redmond, Oregon, died while leading a couple up Mount Shasta
- A boyfriend and girlfriend accompanied Webster through Avalanche Gulch.
- The three climbers were tied together and when the man lost his balance, all three were dragged down the icy slope.
- The trio dropped as much as 2,500 vertical feet after the icy base turned treacherous in the morning sun.
- Two more climbers had to be rescued on the same day when they also fell
- On Tuesday, a sixth climber had to be rescued from the dangerous mountain.
A day of climbing California’s Mount Shasta turned tragic when three climbers plummeted thousands of feet, killing one guide and injuring two others.
Jillian Elizabeth Webster, 32, of Redmond, Oregon, was helping a couple to the top of the treacherous mountain Monday when one of the climbers slipped and dragged the other two through 1,500 to 2,500 feet of snow and ice. , according to Siskiyou County. sheriff’s department.
“They were tied together,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Courtney Kreider told the Saint Francis Gate.
The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office and the US Forest Service helped six climbers off Mount Shasta this week.
On Monday alone, five climbers fell thousands of feet down the icy slope of Mount Shasta.
It was a rough day overall on the mountain. In less than 24 hours on Monday, six climbers had to be rescued from the 14,180-foot mountain.
Webster’s group was over Lake Helen when they fell around 8:30 a.m. Monday as sunlight hit freshly fallen snow in an area called Avalanche Gulch.
“What makes it dangerous right now is the change from very cold to very hot,” Kreider told Gate. “We had snow over the weekend, just a little bit of snow, and it created this thin layer of ice in Avalanche Gulch, and when it gets hot, that thin layer of ice breaks off, so you have to have really good climbing gear. climbing boots that can really dig into the ice.’
Jillian Elizabeth Webster, 32, a mountain guide, was unresponsive when she fell Monday on Mount Shasta. She was transported to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead.
A nurse climbing the mountain tried to administer first aid to Webster, but he was unresponsive. The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office helped the surviving climbers off the mountain.
A nurse climbing the area tried to administer first aid to Webster, but he was unresponsive.
She was airlifted to Mercy Mount Shasta, but could not be saved.
The male climber in Webster’s group suffered head injuries and a compound fracture to his leg, according to Krieder.
He has already been discharged from Mercy Medical Center Redding. The bride remains under observation in the same hospital with an injury to her lower leg.
“It was a perfect storm of bad conditions, people on the mountain and inexperience,” said Nick Meyers, a US Forest Service climbing ranger. San Francisco Chronicle.
“Even a total pro would have a hard time stopping or stopping himself in conditions like that.”
Dozens of climbers are rescued from the treacherous slopes of Mount Shasta each year
At 12:30 the same day, a male climber also traversing Avalanche Gulch slipped and fell 1,000 feet down the icy slope. He, too, was evacuated from the mountain and is expected to recover.
The rest of her group continued up the mountain, but at 4 p.m. a climber in the same group lost her balance and fell 1,000 vertical feet, Krieder told Gate.
“It took a couple of hours to locate her,” the spokeswoman told the newspaper. “They located her shortly after 6 p.m. and airlifted her to a hospital.”
The US Forest Service has warned climbers to check with them before tackling the mountain under the changing conditions.
But on Tuesday, a climber from Long Beach, California had to be rescued from the mountain.
“We work in an environment where things happen,” climbing guide David Cressman told Mailonline. “The climb and the weather can change in a matter of hours.”
The Forest Service coordinates about a dozen search-and-rescue operations each year and, according to Meyers, typically detects one fatality a year.