Oregon Killer

A mountain's icy fury

As they rolled away from Portland's fashionable Oregon Episcopal School, the 15 students and three adult leaders were swept up in the buoyant mood of people off for an adventure. The agenda: a fast round-trip climb of 11,239- ft. Mount Hood. By 2:30 a.m. on Monday last week, the group, light in spirits and equipment alike, had traveled the 70 miles to Hood's base and started the climb. Why not? They planned to get back before dark. The Rev. Thomas Goman, one of their leaders, had 18 similar climbs under his belt. They carried enough food and water for a day,...

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