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
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.
Rescue reference map of the South Side of Mount Hood
PMR rescuers leave the sno-cat and prepare to ascend Mt Hood
Rescuers package the injured climber in a litter for transport
A view of the rescue operation from high on the mountain