Death of Young Woman on Mount Washington

“The single-minded determination that drives people to climb mountains in the first place is the same quality that can doom them.”-Boston Globe

Not Without Peril  just picked up another sorry story. 51NcBENHihL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_ That book is fascinating read that chronicles he over 100 deaths that have occurred on New Hampshire’s Mount Washington.

I highly recommend that outdoor travelers read, The Young Woman and The Mountain,  a recent Boston Globe article. <<–

It’s a story we’ve read before, smart people doing dumb things in the wilderness.  This one is a bit surprising, in that Kate Matrosova was the ultimate professional: super smart, driven,  able to think ahead, make adaptations, and have a back up plan in place.  But this death was not a freak occurrence, it was avoidable.   Between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., the temperature at the summit of Washington was 21 degrees below zero. The wind was blowing 77 miles per hour, and the wind chill was -67.  That evening, gusts were recorded that were up to 140 miles per hour.

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Yes, she had the right gear, had done these types of winter traverses before, carried a Spot, and had a plan.  But, this time,  it all didn’t work out, and now life is over for her, and also partly for her husband, who was waiting for her in their car for the last time, ever.

In addition to inexperience, the second major contribution to her death was her not knowing that there is a major drawback to choosing a  Spot location device in the depths of real winter. Who knew this?

Spot gen3

Spot gen3

I didn’t, but I do now.

Required reading. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About tjamrog

I'm sixty-seven and live in the Maine woods. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2007, the Pacific Crest Trail in 2010, Vermont's Long Trail in 2011, and the Continental Divide Trail in 2013 . I am outdoors every day. I offer guided backpacking trips and classes in Maine, through "Uncle Tom's Guided Adventures".
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