Mount Hood Case Study

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Now that the background of the disaster is known, we can begin to analyze its many components. From the leadership skills or lack thereof, to the heuristic traps the hikers fell into, to the many voices that bring multiple views of this climb to life, the 1986 Oregon Episcopal School climb is one that has people wondering how so many lost their lives in a seemingly simple trip. In doing this we are able to see how this disaster could have been prevented allowing us to learn from the mistakes of this tragic event.
The leadership, group functioning, experience, and skill of the nineteen individuals who made their way up Mount Hood can be used to analyze the very basics of what went wrong atop the mountain. Though there was a trained
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Though none of the students were experts, they had lived by the mountain for the majority of their lives and many had summited before (Dooris, 2015). They were also under pressure to complete the climb just as the thirty-six groups before them had (Speik, 1986). This comes to show that the combination of heuristic traps and the over simplification of rules and options ultimately led to the death of nine climbers atop Mount Hood.
Finally, the many voices of the climb must be analyzed in order to help us understand how all the different perspectives make this story what it is today. From those of the climbers who survived to the parents of those who didn’t, to the media, and the public, this story is still one of cloudy facts and unknown details told in many different ways depending on the story teller. By piecing them together we were able to form the background of the story, yet when we tell each an individual we gain a unique perspective into different sides of the
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Those who survived the tragedy bring the voice of what it was really like up on the mountain to life. The parents of students who didn’t survive bring the feeling of grief and the opinion that the school was never prepared enough to take kids up the mountain (Hallman, 2014). Though some hold the school responsible, others believe that the leaders provided were adequate as was the equipment. The media also provides an interesting view into the climb. Because they bring the voices of the parents, community, and survivors together, the recordings from May 12th through 15th prove to be valuable when dissecting the events that occurred. Newspapers, magazines, and television reports all freeze this disaster in place among the records of Mount Hood. Finally, the voices of the public provide interesting insight on the climbers and leaders who failed to come back home. Through contrasting views of Summers, Goman, and Horwell, the trip leaders, we learn that not everyone believed them to be fit to guide the trip. By comparing these multiple viewpoints, it becomes clear that if the group had taken the correct precautions and listened to the weather report, they may be alive
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