Emily Lang, a 19-year-old Western Washington University student, and Emma Place, a 19-year-old Gonzaga University student, died over the weekend after falling off the Pacific Crest Trail cliff while climbing Oregon’s Mount Hood.
The bodies of Place and Lang were found on rocks at the base of a waterfall six miles from the Timberline Lodge on Saturday, August 12.
Both teens attended St. Mary’s Academy in Portland together before heading off to college.
via Oregon Live:
The women had set up camp at the top of the waterfall, with a tent and backpacks, Steve Rollins, rescue leader of Portland Mountain Rescue, said. It appeared that they lost their footing on the slippery rocks and fell, said Rollins and Clackamas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Jensen.
The Sheriff’s Office hasn’t been able to find anyone who saw the women fall, Jensen said. Passing hikers called 911 early Saturday evening to report seeing the bodies, Jensen said. The women apparently fell about 150 feet. A team of rescuers reached them about 11:50 p.m. Saturday and confirmed they were dead, Jensen said. The second group of emergency workers hiked in about 6:45 a.m. Sunday. It took them about an hour and a half to hike to the location, Rollins said.
He said the 6-mile route is a difficult hike, with plenty of switchbacks. The crew arrived at the scene about 8:45 a.m. Clackamas County officials recovered two cell phones, but have been unable to retrieve any information from them. The crew carried the bodies out on separate litters. They arrived back at Timberline Lodge about noon Sunday. Jensen said officials have no idea when the women fell. The trail is fairly popular, Rollins said.
Local authorities are sking anyone who has information, or was around the trail between Timberline Lodge and Paradise Park before early Saturday evening, to call the agency’s tip line, 503-723-4949.
Place and Lang are the third and fourth people to die on Mount Hood this year. Two other people have died so far — one was climbing the mountain and the other was skiing.