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Contact: Katy Hooper
At approximately 4:15 pm on August 4, 2018, North Cascades National Park Service Complex dispatch received a report from the International Emergency Response and Coordination Center (IERCC) by emergency personal locator beacon (PLB) for assistance with a climber fall in the Forbidden Peak area. Eric Lindblom, a 60 year-old man from Cashmere, WA was climbing unroped on wet rock slabs above the upper bivy site when he slipped, taking an approximate 100 foot fall. Lindblom was climbing with a group of three other climbers.
The National Park Service helicopter and rescue crew was dispatched from Marblemount. Weather conditions were very challenging with rain, wind and lighting occurring throughout the incident. Lindblom survived the initial fall and was cared for by bystanders and rescue personnel. Despite the concerted efforts of bystanders and rescue personnel, Lindblom succumbed to the injuries. The cause of death was ruled an accident by the Skagit County Coroner. This incident was worked in partnership with Mount Rainier National Park staff and the Skagit County Coroner’s office.