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MOUNTAINEERING — The solo climber who died early Thursday after falling about 1,000 feet on the south side of Mount Hood was an experienced mountaineer from Portland, a Clackamas County sheriff’s officer said.
Mark Cartier, 56, fell from close to the 10,000-foot level, landing on the west side of an area known as the Hogsback near Crater Rock, Sgt. Adam Phillips said in a story on the Associated Press wire.
Cartier “was described as an extremely experienced mountaineer and rock climber,” Phillips said.
He had been on a standard climbing route. Other climbers who saw him fall alerted authorities.
In a statement, Cartier’s wife, Deb Weekley, said her husband was a past member of Timberline Mountain Guides who “always exemplified the description of preparedness and calculated risk” and used Mount Hood “as his special playground.”
“He climbed the mountain as he has done hundreds of times before,” she said. “The only thing different this time was that he didn’t call me saying he had made it down.”
Cartier had climbed mountains in Oregon, California, Alaska, Europe and the Himalayas, his wife said.
Cartier was a close friend of many members in Portland Mountain Rescue, said volunteer Rocky Henderson, who had crossed paths with him many times before and was with the group that helped extricate his body.
Read on for more details from the Oregonian and AP.
MOUNTAINEERING — A climber has died after falling about 1,000 feet on the south side of Mount Hood, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said today.
Sgt. Adam Phillips told the Oregonian no identification would be released until the body is recovered off the mountain.
Other climbers saw the man fall Thursday morning and alerted authorities.
Phillips says the body was found at 10,000 feet in a gully below Hogsback Ridge in an area near Crater Rock, according to a report moved by the Associated Press.
Zac Snow, a 27-year-old climber from Ashland, passed the area where the man fell. He told The Oregonian he couldn’t see the fallen climber but said it was pretty steep where the climber had been.
Good weather attracted dozens of climbers to the peak late Wednesday and early Thursday.
Built during the Great Depression as a key part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal-WPA projects, the lodge has served FDR’s intention – as “a place to play for generations of Americans in the days to come.”
To celebrate the anniversary, Timberline will hold several promotions and special events throughout the year. Notable happenings include an ode to skiing and snowboarding during “Heritage Week” in April and a free concert and heritage fair.
MOUNTAINEERING — Jared Townsley had a goal this year to ascend Mount Hood once a month.
The 32-year-old from Tigard was a skilled climber who had already scaled the mountain more than a dozen times, sometimes solo, the Oregonian reports
Sunday night, Townsley headed up for a climb that turned out to be his last.
Tuesday morning, search teams recovered the body of the computer engineer near White River Canyon after he fell to his death while descending in icy conditions.
Read the report from the Oregonian here.
Read a report from Townsley's home town paper quoting the family here.
Read the AP report on the rescue/recovery here.
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MOUNTAINEERING — Near the top of Eastern Oregon's nearly 10,000-foot Sacajawea Peak, Steve Kominsky of Medford found himself staring at an all-too familiar barrier between himself and Oregon mountaineering history.
A 25-foot snow cliff, slickened under the mid-summer sun, shouldn't be there in July. But there it was, the last impediment to reaching the top.
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One slip and he'd tumble 1,300 feet or more. He thought of his pregnant wife, Heather, his 15-month-old son, Dawson.
“It was one of those moments of, 'What do I really need to do here?' ” Kominsky, 28, told Mark Freeman, outdoors writer for the Medford Mail. “No summit is worth that risk.”
Indeed, the elements, not his mettle, have kept Kominsky from reaching his goal of climbing Oregon's 10 tallest peaks in six consecutive days.
His personal “Oregon 10-in-6 Challenge” ended Friday atop Mount Hood as something of a bust, with the uber-athlete able to reach the summit at only four of his high-altitude quests.
Gnarly, way-above-average snowpacks have forced him to turn back at six others, even when he stood as close as 300 feet from the top of Middle Sister on Wednesday, Freeman reported.
“It's honestly disappointing,” Kominsky said Wednesday as he climbed down South Sister after reaching its summit. “There's no doubt in my mind that the 10-in-6 is completely doable.
“Unfortunately, there's nothing I can do about the conditions,” he says.
See a his short video from the summit of South Sister near Bend, Ore.
Former Spokane residents Torsten Kjellstrand and his son, Bjorn, reach to their Swedish roots to demonstrate a few basic skate-skiing techniques to try on the groomed cross-country ski trails.