Joseph Bohlig, 52, passed away Monday after he fell 1,500 feet into the crater on Mount St. Helens.
Bohlig was standing on the rim of the dormant crater when a snow overhang fell out from beneath him, sending him plummeting into the volcano. His body was left in the snow for more than a day because of clouds and wind thwarting rescue attempts.
Bohlig's love of climbing carried him across the world's tallest mountains and tragically cost him his life. His father, 84 year old Richard Bohlig, said Mount St. Helens was his son's "home mountain" and "He used to go up even before the eruption as a child, play in the snow and that."
Joseph's family gathered in his hometown of Kelso, Washington when they heard of his fall and ensuing search. His father spoke for loved ones, friends, and even strangers when when he said "We're sorry that he's gone, that he didn't make it...He was doing something he enjoyed very much. That's all I can say."