PMR, AMR & 1042nd Rescue Hiker from Glisan Glacier
Saturday, September 25, 2004
Late Saturday afternoon, a 1042nd Oregon Army National Guard Blackhawk
helicopter rescued an injured hiker from the Glisan Glacier on 11,239-foot
The subject, a 46-year-old male,
reportedly injured an ankle after falling into a crevasse while glissading on
the glacier. The Glisan Glacier occupies part of the East side of Mount
Hood's Cathedral Ridge between 6,200 and 7,200 feet in elevation on the
mountain's northwest side.
The man was able to drag himself out of the crevasse and, at some point, a
passing hiker offered assistance at the scene. It is not known which one
of the hikers actually contacted the authorities, but the call for help came
into the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office sometime after 3:00 PM PDT.
The Sheriff activated Portland Mountain Rescue at 3:27 PM and setup a mobile
base of operations at the intersection of Lolo Pass Road (Forest Road 18) and
Forest Road 1828.
Between 4:00 and 6:30 in the afternoon, ten PMR rescuers reached the scene,
along with two American Medical Response Reach and Treat Team (AMR RATT)
paramedics and several volunteers from Mountain Wave Emergency Communications.
A 1042nd National Guard Blackhawk helicopter gets ready to take off from Lolo
The Blackhawk takes off for the Glisan Glacier carrying a PMR rescuer and a
Clackamas County Sheriff and Mountain Wave Communications vehicles setup a
Due to the remote location and impending
darkness, a National Guard Blackhawk helicopter was called in to evacuate the
patient. The chopper landed directly at the intersection and, at 5:56 PM,
took off for the mountain carrying PMR rescuer Erik Broms and an AMR paramedic.
The chopper was able to land near the scene and allow the rescue team to
stabilize the patient for transport. The man was packaged and loaded into
the helicopter and, a few minutes before 7:00 PM, the Blackhawk transported the
patient to Portland's Legacy Emanuel Hospital. His exact condition is
unknown, but his injuries are not life threatening.
This was PMR's third rescue of the year where persons sustained
glissade-related injuries. Before attempting this enjoyable - but
potentially dangerous - activity, please seek proper mountaineering
training. Avoid glissading while wearing crampons or in locations that
may have crevasses, rocks or limited run out areas.