Fate of ailing climber on Shasta remains uncertain
By Hudson Sangree
email@example.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Wednesday, Mar. 31, 2010 - 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Mar. 31, 2010 - 6:39 pmAn adventure that left two climbers stranded near Mount Shasta's summit began as a weekend getaway for the experienced mountaineering companions from the Bay Area.
It turned dangerous when escalating winds forced Mark Thomas and Thomas Bennett, both 26, to spend Saturday night above 14,000 feet in subfreezing temperatures and howling winds.
Thomas hiked to safety Sunday and Monday, leaving an unresponsive Bennett in a snow cave. On Tuesday, rescuers waited for the weather to break so they could send up a helicopter. They clung to the slimmest hope that Bennett might be found alive.
The body betrays and the weather conspires, hopefully, not on the same day.