Mt. Hood Climb Service Day

On Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. PDT, we will be broadcasting a live stream of our annual Mt. Hood Climb Service Day Belltower Gathering.
All are warmly welcomed to join our community for the 35th year in the spirit and inspiration of this special day.

On May 13, 2020, we broadcast a live stream of the Mt. Hood Climb Service Day Belltower event. Watch a recording of the live broadcast of this special OES tradition below. Although it was not possible for us all to be physically present, we still gathered as a community and continued, for the 34th year, the spirit and inspiration of this special day. The event begins at about the 15-minute mark in the video below.


If you would like to discuss any of the history or context for Mount Hood Climb Service Day, please feel free to contact Head Chaplain Phillip Craig at 503-768-3138.

For further reading, please see the OES student newspaper article, “Thirty Years Later, OES Mt. Hood Tragedy Lives On In Memory and Service,” published by The Dig on the 30th anniversary of the Mount Hood Climb tragedy.

Each year, on the second Wednesday in May, the students and faculty of Oregon Episcopal School, as well as many staff members, parents, alumni, and friends, gather for Mount Hood Climb Service Day. This tradition began as a way to observe the Mount Hood Climb tragedy that occurred in May of 1986, taking the lives of nine members of our community, including seven students, the school chaplain, and a dean. This was an unspeakably sad event that had a ripple effect not only across our school community and Oregon, but also across time, still touching our hearts and guiding our decisions today.