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    Hikers Falls into Mt. St. Helens Crater


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    Yikes! Poor guy, hope this has a positive outcome.
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    I've been there, it is a sharp slope edge. And cornices should be respected.

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    the year before we were there a snow-mobilier dropped off the edge...and survived.

    got to respect the edge.
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    I'd read that he had taken off his pack and jacket. But if he was blowing his whistle for a while, how does he carry it -- around his neck? Maybe I should re-think where I carry mine.

    I hope this turns out as a rescue. We were there twice in the past few years, once turning around before summiting because we didn't want to walk off the edge due to white-out conditions. The edge does drop quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by erugs View Post
    I'd read that he had taken off his pack and jacket. But if he was blowing his whistle for a while, how does he carry it -- around his neck?
    That's where I carry mine...for exactly this reason.


    If it's true that he didn't have his pack/jacket when he fell, I hope his mates tossed them down to him, at least.
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    I carry my whistle and compass on a lanyard on my neck.

    here's another article; http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worl...neath-him.html

    they have resumed search and rescue attempts today, but with wind and fog it looks very difficult. I hope he's okay and gets out.
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    I too wear my whistle on a lanyard...you never know, I guess.

    Do I understand right that he fell 1500'?? I hope he survived, but that's a long rough fall to survive.
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    One news thread I saw suggested that because he took his jacket off, because he was hot from the climb, that he wouldn't have the padding that a jacket would have provided him during the fall. From my experience most winter hiking jackets are not the puffy ones we put on while resting, but not much more than a wind breaker. I'm hoping for good news.
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    fwiw; an officer there doubts a whistle could be heard at that distance and in those conditions, also, sadly, no movement observed by rescuers. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/...gkyVgD9DTFMQO0
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    If you click on the first link in this thread you'll see the sad news - he did not survive. He was from Kelso, WA.

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    FYI

    Cornices tend to fracture inward of the crest of the terrain.

    When travelling a corniced ridge keep this in mind as you try and determine the crest of the terrain to establish a safe travel distance.

    This is a good depiction.
    Enjoy your best

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