Mount Hood climber died after delays slowed rescue

Mount Hood climber died after delays slowed rescue

Here’s the latest information about Mount Rainier National Park:

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – John Thorton Jenkins plummeted out of control.
“He’s falling! He’s falling!” yelled other climbers near Mount Hood’s summit in northern Oregon.
“Self-arrest, self-arrest!”
It was 10:40 a.m. on a brilliant Sunday in early May. Jenkins had slipped above the Bergschrund, a crevasse near the summit.
His metal-pointed crampons clipped the snow, but he kept falling, his body rotating and rapidly gaining speed. There would be no “self-arrest,” the mountaineering technique climbers use to stop slides, typically by digging an ice ax pick into the surface.
After tumbling 600 feet, Jenkins finally came to a stop in a flatter area called Devils Kitchen.

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