CALIFORNIA: Long Night on Shasta

The climb was the climax of a weekend of skiing and mountain climbing by the Stanford University Alpine Club. In charge was a young (21) but expert mountaineer, Jon Lindbergh, son of the famed flyer and a marine biology student at Stanford. By 12,200 ft., all except Edgar Hopf had switched to spiked crampons. He was still on skis and in the lead when he slipped and tumbled backwards.

Lindbergh ax-jumped on to the ice chute to try to grab him, but Hopf's body flashed by. It left a trail of blood for 800 feet. Hopf was still breathing when...

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