HCSC Staff Member Dies on Mt. HoodBy admin • Aug 4th, 2013 • Category: News
We’ve just received word that 25-year-old Collin Backowski of Colorado was killed when an ice tunnel collapsed in an out-of-bounds area of Timberline. Backowski was a coach at High Cascade, which was on in-between at the time.
According to a story on jsonline.com, “The snowboarder was traveling with five companions when the collapse hit Saturday afternoon. The others tried to dig him out but could not break through the ice and snow, which an official described as being as thick as concrete.”
His body was located by rescuers on August 4th, 2013, after chipping through 8-10 feet of ice and slush.
High Cascade offered its condolences and will be providing crisis-counseling on-site for staff and campers.
“All campers are safe and none were anywhere near the mountain when this incident occurred. We would like to reiterate that the area of this incident is out of resort boundaries far from HCSC’s private facilities and is an area that is off-limits to campers,” Said High Cacade camp director Kevin English.