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Climber dies on Mount Shasta

A seven-member rescue team, flown in by helicopter, found the dead body of Thomas Bennett, who had been sheltered in a snow cave on Mount Shasta, according to the  Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office. At 14,179 feet (4,322 m) Mount Shasta is the second highest peak in the Cascades and the fifth highest in California.

Bennett and a climbing partner, Mark Thomas, reached the summit and were descending the mountain when Bennett became ill and unresponsive. Thomas dug a snow cave on Sunday to shelter Bennett and hiked down to find help. Poor weather stopped recue attempts on Wednesday, but the team flew in by Chinook helicopter on Thursday. The team found an avalanche marker that Thomas left at the snow cave and then dug to recover the body of Bennett.

Bennett’s family was notified, and his body was flown off the mountain. The cause of death will be determined in a scheduled autopsy.

-Bill at

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