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bill413


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Accident on Mt. St. Helens
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Rescuers struggle to reach man in Mount St. Helens

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SEATTLE (AP) - Rescuers struggled against bad weather Tuesday to reach a climber who fell 1,500 feet into the dormant crater of Mount St. Helens, but they faced uncertain prospects after observers in helicopters reported seeing no movement by the man.

Two attempts to reach climber Joseph Bohlig, 52, of Kelso by helicopter were turned back Monday by winds and fading daylight.
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Bohlig had been standing on the rim of the crater with a climbing partner when a snow overhang gave way and he fell into the volcano, Skamania County Undersheriff David Cox said.
Other climbers called 911. Bohlig's climbing partner made it safely down the mountain.
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[Bohllig] is an avid mountaineer who has climbed peaks in many countries, but Mount St. Helens was his home mountain.


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Sounds like he was on a cornice that collapsed, very scary. No mention of an avy, hopefully its not the case... hoping for the best.


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Thats sad, you would figure "an avid mountaineer" would understand cornicing on his "home mountain" a little better.


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Hoping for the best of outcomes for him and the rescuers.


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Update: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/...-helens-climber.html


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That's bad news.
My sincere condolences to all of his family and friends.


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I am deeply saddened for this guy's family & their loss. However, does it bother anyone else that this guy was most likely not a true climber and did not understand the dangers of what he was doing? The media seems to have their terms mixed up and it tends to make us look like fools when something like this happens. Again, my condolences to his family and friends.


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deltav wrote:
I am deeply saddened for this guy's family & their loss. However, does it bother anyone else that this guy was most likely not a true climber and did not understand the dangers of what he was doing? The media seems to have their terms mixed up and it tends to make us look like fools when something like this happens. Again, my condolences to his family and friends.

It's certainly not clear to me whether or not this guy was a "true climber" or a backpacker/hiker. There's no mention whether or not there was technical work (axes, crampons, ropes) involved. He had been up there many times before, which can either give someone experience or overconfidence; we don't know.

The media is almost always indifferent to whether a person was a "climber" or a hiker on the side of something steep. If they're higher than sea level, they're a climber.


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Sad story. My thoughts are with the family...



There was a short article about this in the newspaper today-- surprizing, since Cleveland is rather far away from Mt St. Helen's.


bill413


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Mentioned in the NY Times today also.


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