Oregon rescuers recover body of Mount Hood climber who died after falling 200ft in March

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The body of a climber who died in a fall on Mount Hood in Oregon in March has been found after months of treacherous weather and avalanches, officials said.

Pradnya Mohite, 34, of Issaquah, Wash., and her climbing partner, 50, Lei Wang, of Renton, Wash., were attempting to summit Mt. Hood on March 9 when they fell about 200 feet near the Leuthold Corridor, a long, steep avalanche corridor, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said.

“Ms. Wang sustained serious injuries and Ms. Mohite was pronounced dead at the scene of the fall,” the sheriff’s office said.

Dangerous conditions at the time forced rescue teams to delay efforts to recover Mohite’s body, officials said.


Rescuers said conditions have improved enough on Mount Hood to embark on a recovery mission and bring down Pradnya Mohite’s body.
(Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office)

Recovery was further delayed after a series of late-season storms brought massive amounts of snow in March and April, increasing avalanche risk and creating difficult climbing conditions.

On Thursday, rescuers noticed adequate melting of snow on the mountain and immediately began the recovery mission. With climbing conditions still treacherous, rescuers flew to Mohite’s location by helicopter.

“The helicopter crew inserted three specially trained rescuers from Portland Mountain Rescue and Volcano Mountain Rescue directly onto the small, narrow and extremely steep ice ridge where Ms. Mohite was located,” the sheriff’s office said.


The crew hoisted Mohite off the ridge and took her to White River Snow Park.

“We offer our deepest condolences to Ms. Mohite’s family and friends and hope that today brings an end to everyone affected by this tragedy,” the sheriff’s office said.


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