Hiker Missing on Middle Sister

LANE COUNTY, Ore. — A rescue operation on the Middle Sister should be under way soon after weather conditions forced crews to suspend operations. The hiker, 39-year-old Benjamin Newkirk, of Bend, reportedly fell down the west face of the mountain Wednesday night. Several teams went out, but the strong winds and white-out conditions were just … Continue reading »

OSU Honors Climbing Professor

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Fifty years ago Wednesday, a former OSU professor made history. Will Unsoeld was part of the first successful American expedition to the world’s highest peak. The university honored Unsoeld’s audacious ascent to climb a route that had never been done. It’s a monumental feat. Only three climbers have been successful. Nine others … Continue reading »

Eugene Climber Rescued on Mt. Thielsen

MT. THIELSEN, Ore. — A Eugene man was rescued on Mt. Thielsen after a climbing accident Sunday afternoon. Michael Hawley, 58, was near the summit with a group of climbers when he fell, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department. He broke his arm, leg, and his head was cut up. Hawley was flown by … Continue reading »