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Hiker dies from Fall on Mt Whitney

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Hiker dies from Fall on Mt Whitney

Postby nyker » Sat Oct 05, 2013 7:50 pm

Sad news from last month:

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-hiker-falls-mt-whitney-20130903,0,7940287.story

From folks who where on the mountain that day, this appears to have happened near the MMWT/JMT junction - possibly around "Trail Crest" on the Main Trail.

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Re: Hiker dies from Fall on Mt Whitney

Postby screeman57 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 12:57 pm

Very sad. RIP.
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Re: Hiker dies from Fall on Mt Whitney

Postby Tortoise1 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:18 pm

Very sad indeed. I thought the main trail was class 1. What is the Trail Crest like?

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Re: Hiker dies from Fall on Mt Whitney

Postby nyker » Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:57 pm

The trail has some exposure near the route around the area west of Trail Crest-there's a few cliffs very close to the trail and with ice or snow the Risk increases especially new snow drifts against that area.

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Re: Hiker dies from Fall on Mt Whitney

Postby jsdratm » Sun Oct 06, 2013 6:17 pm

That whole stretch from trail crest along the ridge to Whitney has some pretty harrowing dropoffs. With snow or ice it could be scary.

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