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#3337 - 03/31/10 07:22 PM Fate of ailing climber on Mount Shasta remains uncertain
Bee Offline

Registered: 09/22/09
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Loc: Northern California
Fate of ailing climber on Shasta remains uncertain

By Hudson Sangree The Sacramento Bee
Published: Wednesday, Mar. 31, 2010 - 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Mar. 31, 2010 - 6:39 pm

An 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.

#3379 - 04/02/10 10:25 AM Re: Fate of ailing climber on Mount Shasta remains uncertain [Re: Bee]
CMC2 Offline

Registered: 11/04/09
Posts: 161
Loc: CO
Our morning paper had an article with the sad news about
the death of Thomas Bennett.