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Fluoride

Trad climber
on a rock or mountain out west
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 6, 2006 - 06:51pm PT

They were cordoning off a sulphur vent in the area to keep skiers away, not sure if it collapsed on them or the fumes killed them. But three confirmed fatalities (all members of ski patrol), up to 7 others injured.

WBraun

climber
Apr 6, 2006 - 06:58pm PT
Oh NO!!!!!

More information please ......?????
JuanDeFuca

Big Wall climber
Stoney Point
Apr 6, 2006 - 07:02pm PT
Was it CO2?

That is tragic!

When I had to service the seismic station at the Mammoth Airport I dropped an oxygen sensor down to the bottom of the vault 10 feet down.

Jeff
Fluoride

Trad climber
on a rock or mountain out west
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 6, 2006 - 07:04pm PT
Supposedly it was near the center bowl on the west side of the mountain. Around noon they were adjusting a snowed in fence line area near where there's a suphur vent (gate keeps skiers out) and it either collapsed or they fell in. 10 ski patrollers were working in the area, three fell in and were killed.

Hydrogren sulfide and carbon dioxide fumes from the vent I guess were pretty strong. Unclear right now if it was the fumes or the fall into that underground cave that did it.

Sad, Mammoth's had a lot of tragedy this winter.
WBraun

climber
Apr 6, 2006 - 07:07pm PT
Fluoride

This is terrible, do you have names?
Fluoride

Trad climber
on a rock or mountain out west
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 6, 2006 - 07:11pm PT
I'm trying to find out more.
JuanDeFuca

Big Wall climber
Stoney Point
Apr 6, 2006 - 07:12pm PT
CO2 dissplaces O2. So falling down into something would be very bad.

eeh

climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Apr 6, 2006 - 07:20pm PT
The mammothmountain.com forum has some more information...
Fluoride

Trad climber
on a rock or mountain out west
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 6, 2006 - 08:02pm PT
It happened near Center Bowl next to the Panorama Gondola. Two fell in, the third died attempting a rescue:

dirtbag

climber
Apr 6, 2006 - 08:07pm PT
This is terrible news. I feel sick to my stomach.
WBraun

climber
Apr 6, 2006 - 08:19pm PT
Center Bowl?

Is that the front face of Chair #3.

Hey, I don't ever remember anything like this there? Kathy how about you?

Is this a new thing that came out of the ground recently?
bachar

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Apr 6, 2006 - 08:27pm PT
Bad news...I heard Walter Rosenthal may have been one of the unfortunate three...nobody is 100% sure but it doesn't sound good so far....jb
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Apr 6, 2006 - 08:29pm PT
There is a vent on Center Bowl that is vents stinky steam. Last week when I was there it was bamboo'd off as it usualy is. After the big dump the vet was probably covered. The steam finds it'e way and forms a pit that after a new snow can have a small opening on the surface of the snow but be undercut around it and scary to be near. I dont know if those were the conditions during the accident but kind sounds like it. Sounds like they were placing boo around it when a portion gave way. I am sickened by the news. I'll be praying for the loved ones.
:(
WBraun

climber
Apr 6, 2006 - 08:29pm PT
Hey John

That is real bad news ......
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Apr 6, 2006 - 08:33pm PT
Just now saw it on the news. Horrible. 13 injured according to the news. 3 dead. I was in tears watching it.
Knoxville

climber
San Francisco
Apr 6, 2006 - 08:33pm PT
does any one have a link to the names of the patrollers? One of my best friends from college patrols there and I can't get a hold of her. holy crap.
GoMZ

Trad climber
Paradise
Apr 6, 2006 - 08:36pm PT
I was up there today when it happened. They shut down most of the mountain in order to get as many patroliers over there ASAP. Unfortunatly they could not save those three people. I heard they died from co2 inhalation. It has been a very tough year for Mammoth Mtn ski patrol.
JuanDeFuca

Big Wall climber
Stoney Point
Apr 6, 2006 - 08:38pm PT
Reminds me of that tragic accident on the ice at Convict Lake.
I pray you all that are so sad find peace.

Jeff
GoMZ

Trad climber
Paradise
Apr 6, 2006 - 08:39pm PT
Blinny-it is that same vent on face of three

Haven't heard any confirmed names yet
10b4me

Ice climber
The Happies
Apr 6, 2006 - 08:41pm PT
yes, Walter was one of the victims. very unfortunate.
I also have a friend on the ski patrol. if anyone knows the names can they email me.
thanks.
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