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Mt Hood Climber Fall

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I haven't heard anything yet about identity. I can say that I climbed Cooper Spur yesterday morning early with a buddy, and it was already really soft, on the east side at least, shortly after sun up.

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Yikes - the update from the link above:

 

"Another climber who witnessed the fall, which happened at about 8 a.m., said the man was on the summit when he fell through a cornice to his death."

 

"searchers located the body on the Eliot Glacier headwall, in a crevasse"

 

"He was from the East Coast and climbing with three other people"

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Southside snow conditions were great Tue a.m. before sunrise. I turned around just before the hogsback (late start for me). Just below crater rock I was passed by a descending climber just after 8 am from New Jersey who had turned around due to a sore leg. He said his two companions continued to the summit. The accident must have occurred just before that, though neither of us knew at that time. He continued down alone to Timberline and I did not see him again.

 

More info: http://pdxfanews.blogspot.com/2014/05/climber-identified.html

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i mean the last major coverage of a hood fatality on the n side of the mountain also involved a guy from new jersey - the highest traffic event in cc.com history, as i recall.

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James Kelly, 48-year-old landscape architect from Dallas.

Brian Hall, 38, a personal trainer also from Dallas.

Jerry "Nikko" Cooke, 36, a lawyer from New York City.

 

Not from NJ.

 

 

Sympathies for those who knew and loved Rev. Robert J Cormier--sounds like a great guy, very unfortunate, cruel twist his partners turned around just shy and this was supposed to be his last significant mountain foray..

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