Guide killed, climbers from Seattle injured in Mount Shasta fall

The Siskyou County Sheriff’s Office said 32-year-old Jillian Webster and a Seattle couple who were guiding her fell as much as 2,500 feet Monday morning.

MOUNT SHASTA, California — A mountaineer guide was killed and at least four other people were injured in various accidents over the past two days as they attempted to climb the summit of Mount Shasta in northern California in treacherous conditions, authorities said on Tuesday.

Jillian Webster, 32, of Redmond, Oregon, was leading a Seattle man and woman Monday morning when one of the climbers slipped and all three, who were connected with ropes, fell 1,500 to 2,500 feet, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office said .

Webster was pronounced dead at a hospital, while an ambulance found the man in critical condition with a head injury and a broken leg, the sheriff’s office said.

The woman had a broken ankle.

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The man and woman, who are boyfriend and girlfriend, were taken to local hospitals where they are recovering, the sheriff’s office said.

On Monday, a man was injured after falling from about 1,000 feet at around 12:30 p.m., Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Courtney Kreider told SFGate. At 4 p.m., a woman who was part of the same trio of climbers also fell 1,000 feet and was airlifted to a hospital.

There was no immediate word on their terms.

The latter two climbers lacked helmets and crampons necessary for snow and ice, said Nick Meyers, senior climbing ranger at Mount Shasta for the US Forest Service.

“It was just a perfect storm of bad conditions, people on the mountain and inexperience,” Meyers told the San Francisco Chronicle.

At approximately 4,322 meters (14,180 feet), Shasta is the fifth tallest mountain in California and is located 443 kilometers (275 miles) north of San Francisco. It attracts around 6,000 climbers to the summit each season.

Warm spring temperatures lure climbers to Shasta, but a cold snap over the weekend brought rain, snow and fog, making the climb through the popular Avalanche Gulf dangerous.

“We had snow over the weekend, just a bit of snow, and it created this thin layer of ice,” Kreider said. “And when it gets warmer, that thin layer of ice flakes off.”

The sheriff’s office urged people not to climb the mountain for the next three days until conditions improve. Guide killed, climbers from Seattle injured in Mount Shasta fall

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