Husband dies next to wife after fall on Mt. Jefferson

Thomas Fountain was 32

Search and rescue teams on Mt. Jefferson, November 30 2015. (Marion County Sheriff's Office)
Search and rescue teams on Mt. Jefferson, November 30 2015. (Marion County Sheriff's Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The body of a climber who died after falling into a crevasse on Mount Jefferson has been recovered. A helicopter with the Oregon Air National Guard lowered a climber down to recover the body of Tommy Fountain on Tuesday afternoon.

Efforts to recover Fountain’s body were hampered on Monday because of severe weather.

The 32-year-old Fountain fell Sunday while climbing with his wife at an elevation of 8,800 feet. Alison Fountain spent the night on the mountain, texting with rescuers who found her in good condition.

Searchers could not reach the couple until Monday because of the difficult terrain.

Alison Fountain’s Facebook page says she works as a flight nurse at Reach Air Medical Services in Corvallis. Photos on Tommy Fountain’s Facebook page show he was an avid climber.

At nearly 10,500 feet Mount Jefferson is the second-highest peak in Oregon, behind Mount Hood. It’s a popular destination for climbers.

Mount Jefferson, Ore. (Wiki Commons)ac
Mount Jefferson, Ore. (Wiki Commons)

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