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Love letter to the lost Mt. Hood climbers

December 18, 2009

By Olivia Rossi,
Oregon writer

They are gone.  Three friends who set out to climb our beautiful Mount Hood are gone.

We don’t know what happened and we don’t know why.  I heard their parents speak lovingly of them, that they were doing what they loved.  I followed the story all week as we all did, hoping and praying that they were safe, that they were sheltered, that they were still with us and that they would come home.  They will not.  We cannot begin to know their parents’ pain.  We can only share in it.

These three friends were here such a short time ago.  We can still feel their presence, the emptiness, the sadness, the ache of their loss.  Mount Hood belongs to Oregon.  These three loved her.  For whatever reason they climbed, for whatever reason they found their passion in looking upward and striving for the summit, they are there.  They are safe now, they are sheltered and they are home.  And what a tombstone they share.

By Olivia Rossi

  
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LaRayne December 18, 2009

What a awful thing to happen at this time of year. I would hope that climbers learn something for themselves each time one of these tragedies happens.

cgavic December 19, 2009

I’m disturbed by the fact that the mountain rescuers were told to stop too soon in looking for the two remaining hikers.

yes the weather was horrible. yes on the third day we were told the young adults had little chance of surviving. the weather was baaad.

somehow they built a snowcave…..but the rescuers couldn’t find it.

I’ve been always told to keep looking until you find it. take a day or two off, but then keep looking. It’s around here somewhere.

Lord: If it be in your plan to make us aware, please reveal the area in which the two still are. reveal some material evidence. Holy Spirit, please direct us to that spot.

above all, we ask for the peace that passes all understanding…

and please remove our anxieties with regards to this situation….

Jesus Name

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