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Redmond climbing guide dies after falling 1,500-2,500ft on Mount Shasta in California

Several other mountaineers injured, one seriously, in series of incidents over 24 hours

YREKA, Calif. (KTVZ) — A Redmond climbing guide suffered fatal injuries in a fall while tied to two other climbers on Monday at Mount Shasta in northern California, the first of four Rescue efforts on the 14,180-foot summit took 24 hours, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday.

Jillian Elizabeth Webster, 32, of Redmond, was attached to two other climbers ascending the summit above Lake Helen when one of the climbers lost her footing, causing all three to fall, the sheriff’s office said.

The three climbers slid on snow and ice about 1,500 to 2,500 vertical feet down the mountain, deputies said. The incident was reported at 8:35 a.m.

Webster was unresponsive after the fall, while a man in the climbing group was in critical condition with a broken leg and head trauma and a woman was alert and oriented, with a broken leg, have- they stated.

A nurse climbing nearby administered CPR to Webster, who was transported by California Highway Patrol helicopter to Mercy Mount Shasta, the hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

At approximately 12:30 p.m., a climber was injured in a fall approximately 1,000 feet above Lake Helen. At around 4 p.m., a woman who had previously climbed with this male climber was injured when she lost traction and slipped approximately 1,000 feet.

Another climber was injured late Tuesday morning and rescue efforts were reported in the Avalanche Gulch area.

Due to the unstable and risky conditions, deputies asked all climbers to check with Forest Service rangers before attempting to climb the mountain.

Mount Shasta rises 14,180 feet above sea level in the Cascade Range and is generally snow-capped year-round. There are several non-technical routes to and from the summit, and Avalanche Gulch is the most popular and offers the easiest access, the US Forest Service said.

Spring, when temperatures start to warm up, is a popular time to climb Mount Shasta, but sheriff’s office spokeswoman Courtney Kreider said conditions were treacherous on Monday after cold weekend weather end delivered fresh snow.

“What makes it dangerous right now is the shift from very cold to very hot,” she said. “We had snow this weekend, just a bit of snow, and it created this thin layer of ice at Avalanche Gulch, and when it’s warm, that thin layer of ice breaks off, so you have to have a very good climbing gear – climbing shoes that can really sink into the ice.