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PMR Rescues Injured Climber From Mt Hood's Crater
Thursday, September 30, 2004
(Updated October 10, 2004)
Thursday afternoon, a team from Portland Mountain Rescue, along with paramedics from American Medical Response, rescued an injured climber from the crater of Oregon's 11,239-foot Mount Hood.
A 56-year-old male fell on Wednesday while climbing the upper portion of the Hogsback ridge, near 11,000 feet. He slid down the ridge, landing in the Bergschrund crevasse at 10,700 feet, sustaining a fractured leg. The subject was alone and crawled down the Hogsback to an area near Crater Rock at 10,000 feet.
The man yelled for help, but was unable to contact anyone on Wednesday. Forced to spend the evening on the mountain, the climber finally contacted two New Zealanders who were climbing the mountain on Thursday morning. One of the two climbers descended to the Timberline Ski Area at 8,500 feet to report the situation. The Ski Patrol contacted the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office in order to launch a rescue mission.
The Sheriff activated PMR just after 10:00 AM and deployed a small team of paramedics from AMR's Reach and Treat (RAT) Team. While the RAT Team ascended the mountain, PMR volunteers rushed to Mount Hood.
After gathering their technical rescue gear, the PMR team rode a Timberline Ski Area sno-cat from Timberline Lodge to above Palmer Snowfield, near at 9,000 feet. From there, the rescuers hiked up to Crater Rock, packaged the subject and began the slow task of lowering the patient down the mountain to the waiting sno-cat.
Shortly after 6:00 PM, the PMR team delivered the climber to the safety of Timberline Lodge. The man's ultimate condition is not known, but his injuries are not life threatening.
Note: The injured climber was climbing alone
and did not have a cell phone. He was removed from the snow after a total of
about 30 hours of pain and suffering through two days and a very cold night.
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