08:18 am EST May 17, 2007 (MountEverest.net) Oh Hee-joon, 37, and Lee Hyun-jo, 34, both members of the Park Jong-Seok expedition on Everest's SW face, fell to their deaths while attempting the summit. The seven-member Korean team aimed for a new route on the highly difficult SW face of Everest. According to the AP, quoting Khadananda Dhakal, chief of Nepal's Mountaineering Department, the climbers fell at 27,200ft (8,230m) at about 2 a.m., while on their summit bid. Oh was one of the leading climbers in South Korea — he had previously summited 10 of the 8,000ers — four of them only last year. He had also skied to both Poles.
Unfortunate, Oh Hee-Joon was an accomplished climber, hence his inclusion on this new line on the SW face, while there are few problems left on Everest, good to see Koreans leading the charge to establish a new route, but tragic that two members died.
An avalanche swept through C2 on Dhaulagiri, burying Spaniards Santiago Sagaste and Ricardo Valencia and narrowly missing Javi Serrano and Gerlinde Kaltenbruner's tents. Gerlinde retreated to BC and was able to check in with her home team. Dhaulagiri is proving a huge challenge for Gerlinde, the avalanche just the latest in a series of mishaps including stolen gear and sick climbing partners. At some point you have to just say, maybe it's just not meant to be. Hard to turn back though. Anyway, be careful out there folks. Via ExWeb.
GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. - Five climbers stranded at the 9,800-foot level of Mount Hood were rescued late Saturday night and returned safely to Timberline Lodge, the Clackamas County sheriff's office said.
All five were reported in good condition.
Rescue workers took a Sno-Cat up the mountain to retrieve them and returned them to Timberline shortly before midnight.
Through the use of a global positioning system and a mountain locator unit the climbers carried, the rescue went much faster than had been anticipated, the sheriff's office said.
Unbelievable, well, technology saves the day, a GPS and a mountain locator were used to find this group. I mean the good news is that they were found safe and sound, but sweet Maria, a GPS, mountain locator, and a mobile phone? How do you get lost on Hood? I just don't get it. They should be charged for the joy-ride in the Sno-Cat too. The terrain to where the Sno-Cat could go is pretty close to the top lift of Timberline, just sit it out you pussies.
The L.A. Times as a two part piece about a father and daughter who were viciously attacked by a grizzly in Glacier NP. The father was able to protect his daughter somewhat, but suffered severe injuries as a result. The article is an account of the attack, his rehab, and his visit 11 months after the attack to the very spot where it happened so he could finish the hike he had started. An excerpt:
The doctors were shocked that he had survived. His mauling was the worst they had ever seen. He had no scalp. From his hairline to the base of his neck, the bear had torn off everything. There were teeth marks in the cranium. A muscle was detached from his right eye, where there was a blowout fracture. He had broken ribs. His body was pockmarked with deep lacerations and puncture wounds.