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Movenhike
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PostSat Aug 07, 2010 11:29 am 
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A terrible event unfolded on Aasgard Pass as we were descending it yesterday evening.  Condolences to his family.


http://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/2010/aug/07/westside-man-killed-in-fall-into-waterfall-on/

LEAVENWORTH — A 47-year-old man from Western Washington was killed after falling about 15 feet into a waterfall on Asgaard Pass, between the Enchantments and Colchuck Lake on Friday, authorities said.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office will release the man’s name and hometown after family members are notified, said Sgt. Chris Forman.

He said someone was hiking in the area, which is about 10 miles southwest of Leavenworth, and found the man. They called for help using an emergency distress beacon shortly before 8:30 p.m., he said.

The man reportedly had a head injury, and could not feel his legs, Forman said. He said CPR was administered when the man’s condition deteriorated, but he died before a military helicopter from Whidbey Island arrived. The helicopter canceled its mission because military protocol is to assist only in life-and-death situations when the person is still alive.

A search and rescue crew hiked in Saturday morning to recover the man’s body, Forman said

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Backpacker Joe
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PostSat Aug 07, 2010 11:33 am 
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Dang.  Ive been up that thing six times.  RIP.  We have a group from this site on that trail right now. I'm going to meet them at Colcuck lake in the morning Sunday.

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PostSat Aug 07, 2010 11:34 am 
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When ascending Aasgard,  STAY LEFT of the waterfall and buttress,  Descending STAY RIGHT.
Follow cairns.

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PostSat Aug 07, 2010 11:35 am 
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Ya there's a dang trail up that thing.  I dont like that they were coming down late like that.

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PostSat Aug 07, 2010 11:37 am 
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It wasn't that late really +- 7:30pm,  sun was still shining on the pass.  Just a matter of losing the correct way while descending. frown.gif

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PostSat Aug 07, 2010 11:50 am 
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Yikes!   eek.gif  frown.gif

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PostSat Aug 07, 2010 11:57 am 
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Rather than assume that he got off the trail, by accident, why not assume that he chose to explore the place he loved, and had an accident doing that?

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PostSat Aug 07, 2010 12:06 pm 
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I wasn't being critical.  What a shame.

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PostSat Aug 07, 2010 3:50 pm 
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That's horrible.  frown.gif

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PostSat Aug 07, 2010 11:53 pm 
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Gives me the creeps knowing I am going there very soon. May the family find peace.

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PostSun Aug 08, 2010 1:12 am 
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People die on Aasgard almost every year and the permit system only enforces that.  Sorry to hear about another victim.  RIP

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PostSun Aug 08, 2010 4:36 am 
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GeoHiker wrote:
People die on Aasgard almost every year and the permit system only enforces that.  Sorry to hear about another victim.  RIP

How does the permit system kill people?   confused.gif
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PostSun Aug 08, 2010 8:55 am 
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Regardless of permits or not, time of day, experience level, this is a very sad tragedy. My condolences to his friends and family during this time of greiving for them.
Stay safe out there everybody!

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PostSun Aug 08, 2010 10:28 am 
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RIP.  Thoughts and prayers go out to those who loved him.

Be safe out there.
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PostSun Aug 08, 2010 10:38 am 
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The permit system could be a factor because many more people attempt the trip in a day rather than overnight. It is a pretty long distance and elevation gain if you are not in shape. Trying to race the sun is not a good idea, take a headlamp.

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