One climber died and four others were rescued Monday after falling or sliding on California’s Mount Shasta.
The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office was notified at 8:39 a.m. Monday of multiple climbers suffering injuries on the 14,000-foot mountain, The Sacramento Bee reported.
One climber was confirmed dead at the scene, the Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook. One climber was in critical condition and another suffered injuries including a broken ankle.
Hours later, two other climbers were reported in critical condition.
The fourth injured hiker was found by a rescue helicopter, which airlifted her to a nearby hospital.
The first two incidents were reported by ABC News to have taken place at Avalanche Gulch, a route the Mount Shasta Avalanche Center describes as “steep and rigorous.” The walk includes a 7,000-foot uphill climb and exposes the climber to snow, ice, rocks and extreme weather conditions.
The dead climber was not immediately identified by police.