PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Local musician Patrick Lamb has released his first music video, and he’s dedicating it to the Oregon Episcopal School students and teachers who died in a 1986 Mt. Hood climbing tragedy.
Lamb was supposed to go on that fateful trip. But, he says the day before the trip he hurt his ankle.
The day of the climb, a storm hit the mountain, burying his friends and classmates in snow. Out of the 18 people on the climb, 9 died. Seven were students, 2 were teachers.
“A lot of us were really angry, you know, and upset. You know, all these young kids dying on the mountain and I couldn’t understand,” said Lamb.
He tells KOIN 6 News that it was a very dark period in his life. He admits he was unhappy, angry and confused. But he turned to music for therapy and in 1999 he climbed Mt. Hood for the first time. He says for the first time in many years, he had closure.
“It’s really a story about facing your demons and looking them in the face and overcoming it and accepting it.” says Lamb.
Below is KOIN coverage from the tragedy in 1986.