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Oregon mountaineering guide killed, 4 injured in multiple falls on Mount Shasta

MOUNT SHASTA, Calif. — An Oregon mountaineering guide has been killed and at least four others have been injured in separate crashes over the past two days as they attempted to summit Mount Shasta in California North in dangerous conditions, authorities said on Tuesday.

Jillian Webster, 32, of Redmond, was leading a man and woman on Monday morning when one of the climbers slipped and all three, who were roped together, fell 1,500 to 2,500 feet, the office said. Sheriff of Siskiyou County.

Webster was pronounced dead at a hospital while a rescue team found the man in critical condition with a head injury and a broken leg, the sheriff’s office said.

The woman had a broken ankle.

Both were taken to local hospitals where they were recovering, the sheriff’s office said.

A man was injured after falling about 1,000 feet at 12:30 p.m. Monday, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Courtney Kreider said. SFGate. At 4 p.m., a woman who was part of the same climbing trio also fell 1,000 feet and was airlifted to hospital.

There was no immediate word on their terms.

These last two climbers lacked the helmets and crampons needed for the snowy and icy conditions, said Nick Meyers, climbing manager on Mount Shasta for the US Forest Service.

“It was just a perfect storm of bad conditions, people on the mountain and inexperience,” Meyers said at the San Francisco The Chronicle.

At approximately 14,180 feet, Shasta is California’s fifth highest mountain and is located 275 miles north of San Francisco. It attracts around 6,000 climbers to the summit each season.

Warming spring temperatures draw climbers to Shasta, but a weekend cold snap brought rain, snow and fog and made the climb through the famous Avalanche Gulf treacherous.

“We had snow this weekend, just a bit of snow, and it created this thin layer of ice,” Kreider said. “And when it warms up, that thin layer of ice comes off.”

The sheriff’s office has urged people to avoid climbing the mountain for the next three days until conditions improve.

–The Associated Press