First Quarter 2009 Accidents/Rescues

First Quarter 2009 Accidents/Rescues

Joined: January 21st, 2004, 4:12 am

January 5th, 2009, 7:40 pm #1

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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 4:12 am

January 5th, 2009, 7:41 pm #2

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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 4:12 am

January 5th, 2009, 7:44 pm #3

APACHE JUNCTION, AZ - Two hikers missing in the Superstition Mountains since Sunday night were found Monday, while the search continued for a man who has been missing since Friday near Payson, officials said.

Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies found the man and the woman who were reported missing at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday by the woman's mother, spokesman Lt. Brian Lee said.

The couple, ages 19 and 20, appeared to be OK and were being evaluated by medical personnel, Lee said.

The mother told officials that her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend had not returned from their hike on the First Water Trail in the Superstition Mountains off of Arizona 88, Lee said.

A mountain rescue unit was also assisting the Coconino County Sheriff's Office with the search for 51-year-old Mark Russell Irby who went missing Friday morning, according to the Associated Press.

The man did not return to his home near Forest Lakes after going out to ride his ATV.

Forest Lakes, which is about 35 miles northeast of Payson, received a foot of new snow Sunday.

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Joined: March 28th, 2005, 10:24 pm

January 11th, 2009, 4:51 am #4

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Three Italian climbers were flown to safety and a third alpinist died Friday in Argentina after a blizzard on the highest mountain in the Americas.
Mirko Affasio, 39, and Marina Attanasio, 38, were hospitalized with hypothermia, dehydration and severe bruising and could remain in the Mendoza facility for weeks, said Guido Loza, director of Department of Natural Resources for Mendoza province.

Climber Matteo Refrigerato, 35, from Italy, was taken off the Aconcagua mountain later Friday. Severe hypothermia and loss of motion in his limbs left him barely able to walk, but his condition stabilized and he was on his way to the hospital, said Flavio Costarelli, head of logistics for Aconcagua Park and part of the rescue operation.
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Joined: April 27th, 2004, 6:37 pm

January 23rd, 2009, 2:26 am #5

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GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. A climber has died on Mount Hood after she was hit by large chunks of falling ice and she fell about 400 feet down the mountain.

Clackamas County sheriff's detective Jim Strovink identified her as 31-year-old Brooke Colvin of Portland. The accident occurred Wednesday morning at about 10,000 feet.

Strovink said her husband, 32-year-old Thad Stavn, saw her hit by falling ice and thrown down the mountain. Strovink said the woman died instantly. Rescuers were trying to recover the body.

Stavn was able to get back down to Timberline Lodge from the area of the accident, known as the Pearly Gates.

Strovink said warm weather has made climbing conditions on the 11,239-foot Mount Hood treacherous by making snow unstable and loosening boulder-size chunks of ice.
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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 4:12 am

February 9th, 2009, 6:29 am #6

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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 4:12 am

February 9th, 2009, 6:43 am #7

PHOENIX - Police have identified the woman who apparently fell 250 feet to her death on Camelback Mountain in Phoenix on Thursday night, Feb. 5.

According to Phoenix investigators, 20-year-old Tessa Worby veered from the main trail onto a small, unmarked path sometime between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. She then fell off a ledge.

Family members became concerned after the woman, an avid hiker, did not return from her hike, said Phoenix Fire Captain Courtney Jenkins.

Worried relatives drove to the park and found Worby's car still in the parking lot.

Police later found her body in Echo Canyon at the base of a cliff, but windy weather and darkness prevented rescuers from getting to the scene until early Friday.

Although the exact cause of death is pending the medical examiners report, investigators believe that her death was accidental.

There are a lot of dangerous curves on this mountain, said Jenkins. You have to emphasize being as safe as you can. You have to take the worst scenario always in consideration.

Roy Wojtak of Fire Station 12 was one of the firefighters who helped recover Worby's body. He said the area where she fell is a challenging one even for experts.

"We do training in that area," Wojtak said. "There are small trails but mainly rocks, it is possible she was climbing on the mountain."

Wojtak says it takes time for crews to get into those areas and they often have to hike in since there are limited places where they can land their helicopter.

"It just takes one slip, you can't afford to make a mistake," said Wojtak. "The victim being so young it really hurts to see something like that."

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Joined: August 2nd, 2001, 8:13 pm

February 12th, 2009, 1:55 pm #8

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The Iridium satellite phone "constellation" is down by one more unit after a defunct Russian communications satellite collided with one of the Iridium satellites. More details in this article.

Although Iridium says the loss of this one satellite won't materially affect their service, it points out our dependency on the high frontier if we expect our satellite phones to work.

It's crowded up there...drive safely!
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Joined: January 22nd, 2004, 5:48 am

February 25th, 2009, 2:44 am #9

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http://www.montrealgazette.com/Travel/O ... story.html
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Joined: August 2nd, 2001, 8:13 pm

February 25th, 2009, 7:20 pm #10

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Not directly highpointing-connected but a cautionary note to all of us who venture out into the mountains in the winter. Chris Tretheway, an avid climber and back-country skier, was killed in an avalanche near Lake Tahoe. More details on the Tahoe Daily Tribune web site.
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