Climbing Guide Dies On Mt Shasta

Amid a series of mishaps, including a fatality, it’s highly recommended that climbers check with the Forest Service about conditions before attempting to scale Mt Shasta. The first incident on Monday morning involved a climbing guide, 32-year-old Jillian Webster, who was tethered to a man and woman as they ascended above Helen Lake. One of them lost their footing and dragged the others down as they slid on the snow and ice, dropping between 1,500 and 2,500 feet in altitude. Webster’s injuries were fatal. The other woman is recovering with a broken leg. The man suffered a head trauma and an open leg fracture. In Monday’s second incident, a man fell about a thousand feet and was flown out by a helicopter. A woman who was with him also slid about a thousand feet and was eventually found by a climbing ranger and airlifted out. After those four injuries and one death on Monday, another climber was injured in the Avalanche Gulch area Tuesday and had to be picked up. Rescue efforts were coordinated by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, Forest Service climbing rangers, CHP Air Ops and the Mount Shasta City Fire Department.