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Woman Finds Bittersweet Joy On Peak That Took Her Husband's Life

Allison Fountain
Tommy and Alison Fountain pose for a photo on Mount Jefferson during a 2014 trip.

Alison Fountain recovered a small piece of her heart last weekend on Mount Jefferson.

The 29-year-old widow, aided by a small team of supporters, headed onto Oregon’s second-tallest mountain on Saturday, May 14, in search of a tent that was left behindafter one of the most tragic mountain accidents in Oregon’s history.

Last November, Alison and Tommy Fountain, a Keizer native and 2002 McNary High School graduate, attempted to climb Mount Jefferson.

On their descent, Tommy Fountain slipped and fell 500 feet into a crevasse, where he later died of a head injury in the arms of his wife, Alison.

Read more at The Statesman Journal.