Newhalem, WA– At approximately 4:15 p.m. on the afternoon of August 4th, 2018, the North Cascades National Park Service Complex dispatch received a request for help from the International Emergency Response and Coordination Center (IERCC) with a fallen climber in the Forbidden Peak area of the North Cascades National Park after an emergency personal locator beacon (PLB) was activated.
According to a release by the National Parks Service, 60-year old Eric Lindblom of Cashmere, Washington was climbing unroped on wet rock slabs above the upper bivy site with three other climbers when he lost his footing and slipped and fell approximately 100 feet. The release says that Mr. Lindblom survived the initial fall and was cared for by bystanders until rescue crews arrived via a National Park Service Helicopter from the Marblemount area. Despite efforts of bystanders and rescue personnel, Mr. Lindblom succumbed to his injuries.
The Weather in the area at the time was challenging for rescue crews with rain, wind and lightening occurring throughout the incident.
The cause of Mr. Lindblom’s death was ruled an accident by the Skagit County Coroner’s Office. The incident was worked in partnership with the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office and the Mount Rainier National Park Staff, according to the release.