After several months of perilous weather and avalanche conditions, the Body of a climber who died in a fall on Oregon’s Mt. Hood in March has been recovered, according to officials. The climber was killed in a fall on the mountain.
According to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Pradnya Mohite, 34, of Issaquah, Washington, and her climbing partner, Lei Wang, 50, of Renton, Washington, were attempting to summit Mount Hood on March 9 when they fell approximately 200 feet near the Leuthold Couloir, a long and steep avalanche chute. Both climbers were pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the statement sent by the sheriff’s office, “Ms. Wang sustained critical injuries and Ms. Mohite was declared deceased at the spot of the fall.”
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According to the officials, the efforts of rescue workers to recover Mohite’s body were delayed because of the dangerous conditions that existed at the time.
The recovery was further slowed down after a string of late-season storms dropped an enormous amount of snow over the months of March and April. This not only increased the likelihood of avalanches but also made climbing conditions challenging.
On Thursday, rescue workers observed that sufficient snow had melted on the mountain, and they promptly began the search and rescue operation. As the climbing conditions remained hazardous, search and rescue personnel boarded a helicopter to travel to Mohite’s location.
According to the statement made by the sheriff’s office, “The helicopter crew inserted three specially trained rescuers from Portland Mountain Rescue and Volcano Mountain Rescue directly to the short, narrow, and extremely steep ice ridge where Ms. Mohite was located.”
Mohite was pulled up onto the ridge by the team, and they took her to White River Snow Park in a helicopter.
According to a statement released by the sheriff’s office, “We send our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Mohite and hope that today gives closure to everyone who has been impacted by this tragedy.”
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