Climbing Guide Dies On The Job Due To Unstable Conditions

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Oregon climbing guide dies, 4 climbers injured after falls on Mt. Shasta due to unstable ice – Mount Shasta Herald

Three climbers were injured and a guide was killed on Mt. Shasta due to unstable ice. The sheriff’s office is advising climbers not to summit for the next couple of days.

A California Highway Patrol helicopter airlifted Jillian Elizabeth Webster, 32, of Redmond, Oregon, and two other climbers to Mercy Medical Center in Mount Shasta after they fell on snow and ice 1,500 to 2,500 feet down the mountain. Webster died at the hospital.

A solid freeze on Mt. Shasta turned out to be very unstable, making it difficult to stop once you started sliding.

A male climber fell about 1,000 feet above Helen Lake and was flown to Mercy Mount Shasta. Three and a half hours later, a female climber fell about 1,000 feet and was flown to Mercy Mount Shasta.

The Avalanche Gulch trail is a difficult one to climb because of steep snow and ice, rock fall, and weather extremes.

People recreating on Mt. Shasta said the ice was very unstable, and it was difficult to stop once you started sliding.

Four climbers were airlifted to nearby hospitals after two separate incidents on Mt. Shasta. One climber fell about 1,000 feet.

The Avalanche Gulch trail is a difficult one to climb, exposing the climber to steep snow and ice, rock fall, and weather extremes.

The sheriff’s office coordinated rescue operations with other agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service and the California Highway Patrol.

For more information on this story, consider the following news outlets listed below.

  1. Oregon climbing guide dies, 4 climbers injured after falls on Mt. Shasta due to unstable ice  Mount Shasta Herald
  2. Multiple California climbers injured on Mount Shasta, one confirmed dead, authorities say  Fox News
  3. Rescuers Save Two People At California’s Mount Shasta, One Climber Dies  NBC News
  4. Rescue operations are underway at Mt. Shasta Tuesday  Action News Now
  5. 1 killed, 4 injured in California mountain climbing falls  The Washington Post
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