mt hood is pretty rugged terrain. i've skiied both timberline and meadows, and was really awestruck by it's natural beauty as well as the difficulty of some of the runs.
i wonder if they were up on palmer glacier, being at that altitude. unless you're accustomed to it, 11K feet can be dangerous enough, especially on foot.
hope they make it out ok.
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