Climbing Guide Killed, 4 More Injured in California Mountain Accident

A mountain climbing guide was killed and at least four other climbers were injured in separate incidents over the past two days while attempting to summit Mount Shasta in Northern California in difficult weather.

According to the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, Jillian Webster, 32, from Redmond, Oregon, was guiding a male and a female when one of the climbers slipped and all three plummeted an estimated 1,500 to 2,500 feet.

The second accident occurred when another male climber fell at around 1,000  feet from a place above Helen Lake on Monday. The climber was harmed, although his injuries were not life-threatening, and was also flown to Mercy Medical Center Mount Shasta by helicopter.

Webster was discovered unresponsive by a rescue crew and was also transported to the Mercy Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. 

The male climber who was with Webster sustained an open fracture in one of his legs as well as head injuries, while a lower leg fracture was sustained by the female climber. 

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that both climbers were transported to nearby hospitals and are in recovery.

Reports from the sheriff’s office revealed that all accidents occurred between Monday and Tuesday in the area of Avalanche Gulch on the Northern California mountain, California’s fifth tallest at 14,180 feet.

“We do not advise climbing the mountain the next 2-3 days due to unstable conditions,” said the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office.


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