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Portland Mtn Rescue
P.O. Box 5391
PMR Assists in Snowboarder Search on
Sunday, May 16, 2004
Early Sunday morning, PMR joined a large group of searchers on
Oregon's Mount Hood looking for a 16-year-old snowboarder who went
missing the day before. The young man reportedly was not
equipped to spend the night in the wilderness.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office mobilized Portland Mountain
Rescue and Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue (PNWSAR) after the
young man did not return from his day of riding at the Timberline
Ski Area on Saturday. Evidently, the snowboarder went out of
bounds to the West of the ski area and became lost in the low
visibility. He ended up in an area between the ZigZag and
Little ZigZag Canyons on the Southwest side of the mountain.
Fortunately, PNWSAR members located the subject, uninjured, on
Sunday morning near Hidden Lake. The area - near the 3,800-foot
elevation mark - is a significant distance from Timberline Lodge.
PMR searchers on skis covered the Western edge of the Timberline Ski
Area from the top of the Palmer Snowfield, as well as the canyons
directly West of Timberline Lodge. PMR teams located snowboard
tracks in the Little ZigZag Canyon and followed them down the mountain
until the snow ended around 4,200 feet in elevation. Shortly
thereafter, word of the successful discovery came over the radio.
Though this situation turned out for the best, it is advisable to
have extra food, water and clothing even for a day of skiing or
riding at a ski area. If you truly become lost, the best plan
of action is to stay in one place and find shelter. Wandering
in the wilderness will only make it harder for rescuers to find you.