Summary of “Mount Hood’s Deadliest Disaster”

Today is the 32nd annual Mount Hood Climb Service Day, and Melissa Robinson, the middle school chaplain, is offering a benediction.
The Oregon Episcopal School Mount Hood climb remains, to this day, the second-deadliest alpine accident in North American history, behind a 1981 avalanche on Mount Rainier that killed 11.
In the early hours of Tuesday, May 13, Mark Kelsey’s phone rang: there was trouble on Mount Hood, involving student climbers who were due back and hadn’t been seen.
“You can’t even stand up in 100-mile-per-hour winds,” says Matt Zaffino, the KGW meteorologist and a climber who has summited Mount Hood twice.
It’s later in the morning on Mount Hood Climb Service Day, and kids in first through fifth grade from the Lower School have gathered in the chapel.
“We do take a chance … every single year before Mount Hood Climb Service Day, to remember the story of the Mount Hood climb,” he says softly.
Over the past 32 years, there has never been another Oregon Episcopal-sponsored student expedition to climb Mount Hood.
“Leaving a prayer for eternal healing and acceptance of what we cannot understand,” the text read, “For all those impacted by the OES climb of Mt. Hood May of 1986.” Lamb is aware that his loss-though deep-was not commensurate with the loss of a child or a sibling or a parent or a spouse.

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