1 Missing Climber Found Dead on Mt. Hood

1 Missing Climber Found Dead on Mt. Hood

There are 127 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Dec 17, 2006, titled 1 Missing Climber Found Dead on Mt. Hood. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Rescuers looking for three missing climbers on Mount Hood found a body Sunday in the area where one of the climbers made a distress call last week, authorities said.

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josie

Sebastian, FL

#1 Dec 17, 2006
This was just so sad. I was hoping they would all be found alive.
Sarah Mingus

United States

#2 Dec 17, 2006
I am so sorry to hear that one didn't make it so far. Our prayers are going out to this young mans family. Praying that they will find peace. God bless them in their time of sorrow.
Louise

United States

#4 Dec 17, 2006
Terrible time of year to lose a loved one, although no time is really good. My thoughts and prayers are with the remaining 2 and the loved ones of all. May God bring you peace.
John

Alexandria, VA

#5 Dec 17, 2006
Yeah this is sad. But, these mountaineers knew that death was a risk. That's why it's a challenge. But then again, they were stupid enough to go mountaineering right before a storm. Stupidity does have a price. Oh well, life goes on.
justpassingthrou gh

Missoula, MT

#6 Dec 17, 2006
Ricardo wrote:
Why the hell are my tax dollars being spent on some idiots who climb a mountain in the middle of winter!
Where are the parents.
Don't they tell there kids that their lives are to precious to be spent on such foolish acitivities.
I'm sick of paying for this crap.
Apparently, down there in Florida, you don't have 8,000 ft. mountains where blizzards can come in unexpectedly. You have no idea what it's like to be on one of these mountains, so when the alligator bites your foot off down there in Florida, I'll try to have the same empathy for you that you've shown for these men and their families.
Louise

United States

#7 Dec 17, 2006
justpassingthrough wrote:
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Apparently, down there in Florida, you don't have 8,000 ft. mountains where blizzards can come in unexpectedly. You have no idea what it's like to be on one of these mountains, so when the alligator bites your foot off down there in Florida, I'll try to have the same empathy for you that you've shown for these men and their families.
Good one! We also have to remember that the people who do the search and rescue live for this adventure. They love what they do as much as the climbers do. We may all be in need of rescue at some point in our lives whether we get ourselves into it by our hobbies, or if it's just a freak accident. Thank God there are those who care enough to do this kind of work.

“An Explosion of Monkeys”

Since: Dec 05

San Francisco

#8 Dec 17, 2006
Sure these climbers did something stupid when they decided to go try climbing against the inclement weather. Every climber knows they take their lives in their own hands when they choose to push themselves to the limits, and every climber better damn well know that climbing in a snow storm is a bad idea.

That being said, I also don't want our emergency service personnel to be thinking about how stupid someone is, and choosing whether or not to rescue them.

I've done enough brain-dead things in my life (at sea level. I'm careful when I'm on a mountain and thankfully haven't needed support there) where I don't want the EMT's saying, "Well he was too stupid to avoid that car going the wrong way on the freeway. It's Darwin's way."
OId Sailor

Englewood, CO

#9 Dec 17, 2006
Ricardo wrote:
Why the hell are my tax dollars being spent on some idiots who climb a mountain in the middle of winter!
Where are the parents.
Don't they tell there kids that their lives are to precious to be spent on such foolish acitivities.
I'm sick of paying for this crap.
Congratulations! You have managed to give a perfect example of much of what is wrong with out society today.
curious

Pleasanton, CA

#13 Dec 17, 2006
One does wonder where the free SAR should end, IMOP the search should be paided for with private funds.
How did those "mountain" climbers get to Oregon never mind not being at work. If we pay for every stupid
act people do we will go broke, sorry this country already is...

“What else is new.....”

Since: Dec 06

O-Town

#16 Dec 17, 2006
It is sad this one did not survive. This may be the one that made the cell phone signal on tuesday. They have not said for sure yet.

I for one am not doing something for "fun" that I may never walk away from breathing. Not logical to me. It is almost playing with life. But than again, we bargain life everyday here in greater Orlando now.

These families are in our prayers.
Gub

Glendale, CA

#17 Dec 18, 2006
I hope they find the other two missing climbers alive. i commend the rescue crew for their efforts in aiding another human being. And to JamesCf's comment about him paying for the search and rescue, Oregon is one of three states to implement a cost-by-victims law. However this may be one that is paid by the government and essentially us but to me i dont have a problem with the situation. I hope that if i got stuck in a situation like this, the last thing on my mind would be how much am i going to have to pay. Its about life and death and thats why there is a search and rescue. Its a profession that i deeply admire. they are doing the right thing in saving a human beings life. I think you could afford the extra buck.
Jinks

Pleasanton, CA

#18 Dec 18, 2006
JamesCf wrote:
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For your info, if someone idiot who goes where they shouldn't go gets eaten by an aligator, it don't cost me anything. There's no body to colect.
The aligator is happy and I'm happy.
Why the hell do we always have to pay to haul your asses out of the hurricanes, and then pay to rebuild your cardboard-and-tissue-paper homes, when you know damn well you live in a HURRICANE zone? Why do you keep going back there? Your stupidity costs me hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Why should everyone else pay for your idiocy? How many hurricanes a year do you need before it gets into your thick heads that maybe moving would be a good idea?

If only hurricanes killed everyone on contact. The hurricane would be happy, and I'd be happy.

“What else is new.....”

Since: Dec 06

O-Town

#19 Dec 18, 2006
Jinks wrote:
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Why the hell do we always have to pay to haul your asses out of the hurricanes, and then pay to rebuild your cardboard-and-tissue-paper homes, when you know damn well you live in a HURRICANE zone? Why do you keep going back there? Your stupidity costs me hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Why should everyone else pay for your idiocy? How many hurricanes a year do you need before it gets into your thick heads that maybe moving would be a good idea?
If only hurricanes killed everyone on contact. The hurricane would be happy, and I'd be happy.
You have a point but your money and mine also went to helping those dealing with Hurricane Katrina. That city is BELOW SEA LEVEL yet they want to build there again.

It is not what you know but who you know to make decisions like this. There should be NO mobile homes in FL, or any other state that is guaranteed to have at least one hurricane a year.
YahooTroll

Cincinnati, OH

#21 Dec 18, 2006
Why didnt they build a big fire to stay warm and signal for help?
dumb new message board

Silver Springs, FL

#22 Dec 18, 2006
What a waste of time reading these posts. This new format sucks.

Since: Dec 06

somewhere in the frozen North

#24 Dec 18, 2006
Jinks wrote:
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Why the hell do we always have to pay to haul your asses out of the hurricanes, and then pay to rebuild your cardboard-and-tissue-paper homes, when you know damn well you live in a HURRICANE zone? Why do you keep going back there? Your stupidity costs me hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Why should everyone else pay for your idiocy? How many hurricanes a year do you need before it gets into your thick heads that maybe moving would be a good idea?
If only hurricanes killed everyone on contact. The hurricane would be happy, and I'd be happy.
And this comes from a person in a state that has wildfires, flooding, mudslides, earthquakes... what else?

hahahaha
albany new york

Schenectady, NY

#25 Dec 18, 2006
We have morons here in the northeast that freaking climb Mount Washington in N.H., mountains in the Adirondacks and get off the trails and cause all sorts of municiple rescue resourses to be used at tax payer expense to find them when they get disorientated and lost when they should be either in school or at work. Go ahead and rescue them, however, have their families pay the expense. They are bound to stay on the beaten path next time.

Why in the good lord's name should I pay for there mis-calculations at recreation ?
Why?
Grammie

Longwood, FL

#26 Dec 18, 2006
YahooTroll wrote:
Why didnt they build a big fire to stay warm and signal for help?
Did YOU see any firewood on that mountain while watching video from MSNBC? All I saw was a bunch of snow & ice!
Too Much Chili

Oklahoma City, OK

#27 Dec 18, 2006
justpassingthrough wrote:
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Apparently, down there in Florida, you don't have 8,000 ft. mountains where blizzards can come in unexpectedly. You have no idea what it's like to be on one of these mountains, so when the alligator bites your foot off down there in Florida, I'll try to have the same empathy for you that you've shown for these men and their families.
Anybody with an ounce of sense would have taken the blizzards into consideration, OK? Especially IN DECEMBER.
Too Much Chili

Oklahoma City, OK

#28 Dec 18, 2006
monkeynova wrote:
Sure these climbers did something stupid when they decided to go try climbing against the inclement weather. Every climber knows they take their lives in their own hands when they choose to push themselves to the limits, and every climber better damn well know that climbing in a snow storm is a bad idea.
That being said, I also don't want our emergency service personnel to be thinking about how stupid someone is, and choosing whether or not to rescue them.
I've done enough brain-dead things in my life (at sea level. I'm careful when I'm on a mountain and thankfully haven't needed support there) where I don't want the EMT's saying, "Well he was too stupid to avoid that car going the wrong way on the freeway. It's Darwin's way."
Those men should have thought of their families before they went for a Mt. Hood adventure. Mountain climbing is risky, and the only thing riskier than mountain climbing is cave diving.
If the two remaining men get out alive from the predicament they put themselves in, what are they going to do?
Sue Mt. Hood?

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