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Oregon Climbing Accidents

[Accidents in Oregon] [Select Accidents on Mt Rainier] [Oregon Climbers Accidents]
[Oregon State University Accidents]

[Mt Hood Fatality History]  [Oregon Avalanche Fatality History]

Mountaineering Accidents in Oregon

Mt Hood May 17, 2008   A party of three climbs the south side route during a heat wave with an avalanche warning in effect, an avalanche partly buries one of them.
Mt Hood June 17, 2006   A party of three falls past the bergshrund, hitting two others which self-arrest. Two climbers flown off, one walked on their own.
Three Finger Jack July 23, 2005 Fatal - 1 A young woman falls 700 feet to her death. Her group included experienced climbers.
Mt Washington July 01, 2005   A lead climber dislodges a large rock which hits his partner below.
Mt Hood June 24, 2005 Fatal - 1 An experienced and well equipped solo climber falls from the Cooper Spur
North Sister May 21, 2005   Two climbers on the Thayer Glacier caught in an avalanche and seriously injured
Mt Washington July 29, 2004 Fatal - 2 Two climbers on a rock route on the west face both fall, neither survives.
Mt Hood Jan 11, 2003   Two OSU students attempt the Sandy Glacier ahead of an impending storm
Ollalie Trail Aug 23, 2002   An OSU trip gets lost, has no map or compass, and ends up being rescued from a ravine.
Mt Hood May 30, 2002 Fatal - 3 A chain reaction causes nine climbers to slide into the bergshrund.
Mt Hood May 24, 2002 Fatal - 1 A snowboarder ascends the south side and decides on a whim to ride the Cooper Spur
Middle Sister Sept 29, 2001   A climber descending steep slopes falls out of control, breaking numeorus bones
Broken Top Aug 10, 2001 Fatal - 1 A hiker/climber leaves camp late in the day poorly prepared and is never found.
Mt Hood August, 2001   A climber ascends from the north, gets lost and falls descending the south side
North Sister July 10, 2001   A climber, continuing alone, ends up riding a boulder downhill
Mt Jefferson July 1, 2001   A climber is hit by a falling rock and evacuated with a concussion
Mt Jefferson June 24, 2001 Fatal - 1 A climber separated from his partners while descending and fell
Mt Hood Mar 23, 2001   One climber falls from near the "Pearly Gates" to Devils Kitchen, sprained ankle
Mt Hood Dec, 2001   An avalanche on the Cooper Spur, 2 OSU students caught but very lucky
Mt Hood June 19, 2000     Sandy Glacier Headwall
Rockfall, 2 Experienced climbers caught
Mt Hood June 4, 2000 Fatal - 1 An experienced climbers falls from the summit for unknown reasons
Broken Top Sept 19, 1999   An inexperienced climber initially falls on snow but continues over rocks
Mt Hood May 23 1999 Fatal - 2 Two climbers fall from the top of the Cooper Spur at the start of the descent
North Sister July 11 1998 Fatal - 1 A solo climber falls from the South Ridge, found on or near the Thayer Glacier
Mt Hood May 31, 1998 Fatal - 1 A group of Mazamas gets caught in a large avalanche on West Crater Rim
Three Finger Jack Oct 26 1997 Fatal - 1 An inexperienced climber descending on his own across snow w/o an axe slips
Mt Washington Sept 20 1997     A lead climber on a rock route falls with enough run-out to hit the belay ledge
Mt Hood Sept 6 1997 Fatal - 1 A skier ascending the lower part of the Cooper Spur while icy falls
Mt Hood May 19, 1997   A solo climber falls and breaks his neck. A month later his dog returns as well!
Three Finger Jack Aug 5, 1994   A climber falls on the "crawl" on the descent.

 

Accidents Involving OSU Climbers

Jan 11, 2003   Two OSU students attempt the Sandy Glacier ahead of an impending storm; they spend a night in a crevasse, survive an avalanche, and cross the Reid Glacier low
Aug 23, 2002   An official OSU-run trip gets lost, has no map/compass, and ends up being rescued from a ravine.
May 29, 2002 Fatal - 3 A group of four OSU students attempts Liberty Ridge with a poor forecast and gets caught up high in terrible conditions.
Dec, 2001   Two OSU students attempt the Cooper Spur in a month of heavy snowfall and get caught in an avalanche but are very lucky
Dec 27, 1998   Two OSU students try a climb in Utah and get off-route, suffer a leader fall with serious injury, and place an anchor which endangered rescuers.

 

Select Accidents from Mt Rainier

Jul 07, 2005   Four climbers - 1 RMI guide and three clients - fall and are rescued by the Oregon National Guard. Two from a crevasse .
Feb 06, 2005   Two RMI guides fail to anticipate icy conditions. Rescued on day 6 of a 2 day climb. One has severe frostbite on 18 fingers.
Jun 06, 2002   A climber slips, pulls another climber down, and both of them along with their RMI guide fall 60 ft into a crevasse.
May 29, 2002 Fatal - 3 A group of four OSU students attempts Liberty Ridge with a poor forecast and gets caught up high in terrible conditions.
April 30, 2000   During RMI guide try-outs a scouted "safe route" past a cornice is overhung and collapses. One guide is caught, L-1 and L-2 vertebrae broken.
Nov 15, 1999   Two RMI guides and one park ranger trying to cross 45 degree hard ice roped together with no anchors fall 600 ft.
June 11, 1998 Fatal -1 Two RMI rope teams are caught in a wet, loose avalanche they initiate while descending at about 1 pm. on a warm sunny day with recent snowfall.

 

Accidents Involving Oregon Climbers

Dec 27, 1998   Two OSU students try a climb in Utah and get off-route, suffer a leader fall with serious injury, and place an anchor which endangered rescuers.

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