Several injured, one died after climbing the mountain Shasta

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Unstable ice in the area of the above Helen Lake, California, produced fatal accidents earlier this week. Fresh snow that fell Sunday turned to ice over night. First, on Monday, the sheriff’s office climbing guide Jillian Elizabeth Webster, 32, and two climbers, were ascending the mountain when one of them lost their footing, causing all three to fall 1,500 to 2,500 vertical feet down the mountain. A California Highway Patrol helicopter airlifted Webster to Mercy Medical Center in Mount Shasta where she died. The others are recovering in hospitals.A seconf fall for about 1,000 feet occurred soon in the area and another climber was in critical condition. About three and a half hours later, at 4 p.m., a female climber fell about 1,000 feet and was airlifted.

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Warnings were issued by authorities. The Avalanche Gulch trail, a 7,000 vertical foot ascent, is considered a difficult one to climb, according to the Mount Shasta Avalanche Center. “We’re advising that climbers don’t summit for the next couple of days until that ice softens,” said Courtney Kreider, public information officer at the sheriff’s office. Conditions on the mountain were described as “very tough.” Mount Shasta is a potentially active volcano and a major peak of the Cascade Range.