April 1st, 2010
02:11 PM ET

Climber found dead in cave on Mount Shasta

Rescuers in northern California on Thursday found the body of Thomas Bennett, a climber who became trapped on Mount Shasta after falling ill.

A seven-member rescue team flew in by helicopter and found the hiker, who had taken shelter in a snow cave, the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office said.

According to local reports, Bennett and a climbing partner trekked to the summit of the mountain, and on their way down, Bennett became sick and unresponsive. His partner, Mark Thomas, dug a snow cave for Bennett and hiked down, looking for help.

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  1. Vicky B

    We lost hikers up here on Mt. Hood (Oregon) over the past few years, as well, so this hits home.

    RIP, dear Thomas.

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  2. Robert Emmanuel Huerta

    Im sorr to hear about a tragedy... preety sad.. weather is very unpredictable so to make gd judgement sometimes is very difficult hiking in those altitudes & extreme weather conditions isn't always easy to justify whether or not u can prevent danger from happening sometimes; its just not preventable God rest his soul!!!


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