Who: 53-year-old Keum Kim
Where: Mountaineers Route, Mt. Whitney, California
Her mistake: Seems like they were a bit unprepared, but details are thin.
What happened: A woman and three of her friends were climbing the Mountaineers Route when the woman suddenly slipped in an ice and rock chute. The accident happened around 9 p.m. It is unknown why the climbing party was on the mountain at night, but other climbers thought they were trying to reach the summit to watch the sunrise.
Other climbers in the area also said they weren’t using headlamps on their nighttime ascent. On one message board, a climber said one of the tents in the group was a Eureka tent, a budget brand sold at Wal Mart. Some message boarders believe some in the group were experienced climbers, but there were one or two inexperienced climbers in the group.
The woman died in the fall. A climber at Iceberg Lake called for help, and a recovery mission began. A chopper was brought in to recover the body from the mountain.
Read the story here.
Coincidentally, my friend and I are going to be climbing Mt. Whitney this weekend via the Mountaineers Route. Yes, we have headlamps. No, we won’t be watching the sunset from the summit. Hopefully our trip goes well.