At approximately 11:00 am Sunday, July 06, 2008 Portland Mountain Rescue was
activated to assist in rescue of a climber who had taken a fall down the Mazama
Chute at around the 10,800 ft level on Mt Hood.
The climber was descending with his team when he fell 100 feet down the slope.
It was unclear what caused the fall, but when the climberís party reached him,
he was unconscious. Another climbing party that had witnessed the fall made a
call to 911.
PMR member Dave Clarke was already on the mountain and was the first rescuer to
reach the scene. He was joined shortly thereafter by two AMR Reach and Treat
teams. The patientís condition necessitated an air evacuation by the Oregon
National Guard 1042nd Medical Company. A second PMR team was dispatched
carrying ropes and a liter as a contingency plan in case the air evacuation was
not possible. Other PMR members were staged at Timberline Lodge on standby. The
1042nd was successfully able to hoist the patient from the scene of the
accident and flew him to OHSU. All teams were out of the field around 4:30 pm.
Itís important to remember to begin climbs early at this time of year to ensure
that you are off of the summit before the snow softens and also to use proper
climbing safety equipment.