First Quarter 2004 Backcountry Rescues/Accidents

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March 24th, 2004, 2:36 pm #101

The link is to a story of this couple's rescue after going off-trail in a whiteout, but sadly I just heard that Brenda Cox's injuries proved fatal:

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massac ... _mountains/
The fourth fatality this winter in our mountains; the second from hypothermia. A bad year.
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March 29th, 2004, 4:48 pm #102

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HARLAN, Ky. - The Normal man piloting the Piper Saratoga that crashed near here had likely cleared the higher Smoky Mountains before reaching the mountain line where the crash killing all on board occurred, an experienced pilot and manager of the county's airport said Friday.

"From the direction they were flying, he first would have had to cross the Smokies, which are about twice as high," said Shawn Davis, a 20-year veteran pilot and manager of the Harlan-Tucker-Guthrie Memorial Airport.

The crash Sunday night about 3,000 feet up on Little Black Mountain killed pilot Curt Piercy and his wife, Linda, and two Carlock couples, Amy and Don Mauer Jr. and Erica Edgington and Brad Webb. The group was returning from Sunday's NASCAR race in Darlington, S.C. The crash site on the Kentucky-Virginia border was found Wednesday afternoon.

After the Smoky Mountains, which are 6,640 feet at the highest point, Davis said the McLean County group would have flown through a valley for about 80 miles before coming upon Little Black Mountain, which rises about 4,200 feet.

Davis believes it was then that something went terribly wrong.
http://www.pjstar.com/news/topnews/b2ihtdkd033.html
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March 30th, 2004, 3:25 pm #103

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Two hikers who had been missing in Olympic National Park's Bogachiel Valley were picked up by helicopter Monday morning after being found safe Sunday afternoon.
The two were in good condition, and their families planned to meet them in Forks, where the helicopter was scheduled to land at about noon, park spokeswoman Barb Maynes said.
A helicopter spotted Jon Pontrello, 18, and Jonathan Parks, 20, at 3:30 p.m. outside a shelter about 17 miles from the trailhead, five miles south of Forks. Food, clothes, sleeping bags and stove fuel were flown in. Two park rangers joined the hikers Sunday and stayed with them overnight, Maynes said.
The Everett pair were last seen when they left on the hike a week ago and were due to return last Wednesday. Their families reported them missing Friday and dozens of searchers spent the weekend looking for them.
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April 1st, 2004, 1:16 am #104

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An Australian climber is dead after falling more than 1000m down Aoraki-Mt Cook yesterday.

The 22-year-old was one of a party of four men - two Australians, a Swede and a Briton - who were attempting to climb the east face of the mountain.

They were standing above the Summit Rocks about 8.30am discussing their climb to the summit 300m above when the man either tripped or slipped, said Constable Brett Simon of Twizel police.

They were not roped together.

"It was one of those tragedies of climbing," Mr Simon said. "They had a good level of experience and were not pushing it."

The trio intended climbing down to the man, but were advised by police not to do so as it was too dangerous.

A search and rescue team flew into the area and located the body about 10.45am.

Wind and cloud, as well as the altitude, meant the helicopter could not pick up the survivors from where the accident occurred.

The three climbed down the Linda Glacier until weather conditions improved enough for them to be airlifted out mid-afternoon.

The Australian's death is the 10th in the national park in four months.

A 27-year-old Romanian man died on Mt Cook last month after falling 200m from the Upper Linda Glacier.

Two New Zealanders and two Australians died in an avalanche on Mt Tasman on December 31.

Four Latvian climbers were killed on Mt Cook on December 10.

Yesterday, the coroner reviewing the Latvians' deaths said that had the group been wearing helmets some of them might have survived.

The four, including a father and his daughter, perished after they plunged 300m while climbing down the Linda Glacier.

Timaru coroner Edgar Bradley said there were two accidents that afternoon, the first when one of the Latvians, who was climbing alone, fell and slid down the shelf.

The second happened when one of the other three climbers was struck by failing rock or ice and pulled the others, who were roped to him, off the mountain.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay. ... on=general
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April 1st, 2004, 1:29 am #105

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A teenager is recovering from head injuries after tumbling down a steep mountainside


Matthew Wiever and his friends were hiking in very steep terrain near the Flatirons in the Mallory Cave area when he fell amidst loose rock.

"There were three young gentlemen -- 18-year-olds -- hiking and they got up onto the rocks and they were sitting and talking and they started to climb down the back side of the rocks and one of the boys reached for a branch, the branch broke and he tumbled down the mountain," said emergency coordinator Dave Booton.

A separate group of climbers on a trail across the canyon heard their calls for help and directed rescue crews to the injured hiker.

A helicopter was waiting to rush Wiever to the hospital. He remains at St. Anthony's Hospital. His condition has not been released.

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/29 ... etail.html
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April 1st, 2004, 10:27 pm #106

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Mountain rescuers were called out after two men became stranded on a hill in the Highlands.
The two climbers, who have not been identified, got into difficulty in the area of Orion Face, Ben Nevis.
The men had to endure the night on the mountain but were then walked off the hill by members of the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team.
http://icdumfries.icnetwork.co.uk/news/ ... _page.html

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May 14th, 2010, 1:27 am #107

It is with sadness that I also report that these fine members of Tacoma Mt. Rescue were involved in the successful search for the Snoqualmie Pass skier who was found near death in early January (see item 5, above). These good men may be lost, but many, many people are alive and safe with their families at this moment due to their many years of public SAR service.
Al Errington
http://americasroof.com/archives/1174
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