After spending two harrowing nights high on the flanks of Mt. Shasta, Mark Thomas, 26, of Berkeley was found on Monday afternoon by Mt. Shasta Rangers as he was hiking back to his vehicle, which was parked on Military Pass Road on the north side of the mountain.
Thomas’s climbing partner, Thomas Bennett, 26, of Oakland remains on the mountain as of Tuesday afternoon. 
Thomas told rescuers that when he left Bennett late Sunday afternoon to begin his descent, Bennett was unresponsive, and he was fearful that his partner may be deceased. 
The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s office reported yesterday that  Thomas is in good condition.  He did suffer frostbite on one of his fingers but declined medical attention. 
As of Tuesday afternoon, weather conditions continued to prohibit any attempt to rescue Bennett.
A day by day account
Thomas told Forest Service rescuers that he and Bennett had arrived in Mount Shasta on Thursday, March 25, and began climbing on Friday, leaving their vehicle on Military Pass road, approximately five miles shy of the North Gate trailhead.
Friday, March 26 
 The two climbers made their way to a high camp adjacent to the Bolam Glacier, which Mount Shasta rangers estimated to be at 10,000 feet.  Later that day, the climbers ascended the Bolam Glacier route, returning to their previously established camp.
Saturday, March 27
Thomas reported that the two climbers ascended the Whitney Glacier route the next day, reaching the summit of the mountain. 
When they began their descent, Thomas said, the climbers experienced extremely high winds, which forced them to make an emergency camp near the   summit of the mountain at approximately 14,050 feet.
 Sunday, March 28
At 9:04 a.m. on Sunday morning, the Sheriff’s Office received a 911 cell phone call from Thomas, reporting that he and Bennett were near the summit of Mt. Shasta.   
Thomas told the emergency dispatcher that Bennett was experiencing altitude sickness and was suffering from ataxia (lack of coordinator and balance), as well as being confused and disoriented.  
Thomas said that, between them, the two climbers had  a liter of water, some candy bars and some granola.    
 The Sheriff’s Department reported that due to the weather conditions that day,  it was not safe for any ground crews to start climbing the mountain.  The weather and high winds (which were reported at 55 miles per hour by the National Weather Service) also prevented any type of helicopter search for the two men that day.  
Return calls to the cell phone numbers left by   Thomas were not answered, said a Forest Service press release.  
At about 3:50 p.m. on Sunday, Thomas once again called Sheriff’s Office Dispatch, confirming the location of their vehicle and reporting that his partner was seriously ill. 
Sheriff’s Deputies and Forest Service personnel searched the roads and trailheads on the north side of the mountain that day, and at about 6:40 p.m., located climbers vehicle. 
The weather still prevented any type of rescue efforts late on Sunday.
Monday, March 29
Returning on Monday, Forest Service Rangers snowmobiled into the North Gate parking area and  continued on skis to the 8,500 foot elevation. 
The rescuers reported extremely high winds and low visibility.
“We had to hunker down and move from tree to tree,” said USFS ranger Eric White, describing their efforts to not be blown away by the strong winds.
Given the poor conditions, the rangers were forced to retreat to lower elevations.
However, later that afternoon, while still in the vicinity, the rangers were notified that a call had been received from Thomas and that he was descending the mountain and was at approximately 7,000 feet.
 Soon afterwards, the rescuers located Thomas’s tracks at 6,500 feet and eventually found him on Military Pass Road, a few miles from their vehicle. 
Thomas told rescuers that he had spent the previous evening camped on the Whitney-Bolam Ridge at approximately 9,000 feet. 
Tuesday March 30
Siskiyou County Search and Rescue and Forest Service  personnel are waiting for weather conditions to improve so that they can resume the rescue effort. The weather will be closely monitored in the hopes of being able to get ground teams or a helicopter into the area as soon as possible, said Susan Gravenkamp, spokesperson for the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday afternoon.