Mount Hood, OR Five Perish In Climbing Accident, June 1981

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Mount Hood, Ore., (AP) -- Five members of a climbing party were killed in a fall as they were scaling Mount Hood, according to the Hood River County sheriff's office. Mount Hood is about 100 miles south of Mount Rainier in Oregon.
The Hood River County Sheriff's office, which earlier reported another avalanche had occurred, said all 12 climbers in the party wree involved in the same fall, according to a report radioed to authorities by Sheriff Robert D. Lynch.
"More than one fell because they were roped together," said Sheriff's Sgt. Greg Sandercock. Some of the injured were flown in helicopters to hospitals in Portland, Hood River and The Dalles.
Killed in the accident were:
JIM DARBY, 35, Newberg, Oregon.
GARTH WESTCOTT, 35, Bend, Oregon.
LARRY YOUNG, 30, Corvallis, Oregon.
GEORGE ANDERSON, 36, Boring, Oregon.
LEAH LORENSON, 39, Vancouver, Washington.
Sandercock said early reports of the Mount Hood incident were confused because one of the climbing party who "might have been a little dazed" contacted another group of hikers after walking part way down the mountain.
He said the fall occurred at about 9,000 feet elevation on Elliot Glacier, which is on the northeast side of the 11,235-foot mountain, about 50 miles east of Portland. Two other people died in a climbing accident on the mountain two weeks ago.
The sheriff's office and two mountain climbing schools located in the area sent people to check on the climbers, and Air Force Reserve helicopters from Portland flew into the area.

Casa Grande Dispatch Arizona 1981-06-22


I was a member of the

I was a member of the Parkdale Fire Dept. during this time. I was on the response to Cloud Cap Inn, where several of our members stood by with our ambulance and with Sheriff Lynch. Aircrews from the 304th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron from PDX brought down the injured to Cloud Cap Inn. The Crag Rats sent rescue climbers up to help give first aid and recover the remains of those who lost their lives. Our Parkdale Fire Dept. ambulance transported a woman to Hood River Memorial hospital, where she was stabilized and sent to The Dalles General Hospital for surgery. She survived.