DETROIT, Ore. – Marion County authorities say a climber has died from a fall on Mount Jefferson.
Rescue efforts began Sunday after 32-year-old Thomas Fountain fell into a crevasse while climbing with his wife. Searchers could not reach the couple until Monday morning because of the difficult terrain.
Sheriff's Lt. Chris Baldridge says Fountain's wife, 29-year-old Alison Fountain, is in good condition after a night on the cold mountain. He says crews were working to bring her down.
Public records show the couple most recently living in McMinnville.
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.