PMR Rescues Stranded Dog and Owner on Mt Hood
Saturday, August 9, 2003
For the second time in two weeks, Portland Mountain Rescue rescued a dog from
Mount Hood's Zig Zag Canyon. On July 31, PMR extracted a golden retriever
from the steep canyon and on August 9, PMR saved a beagle and his owner from
nearly the same spot.
A sharp switchback along the Timberline Trail (Mt Hood
Trail #600) has been the site of two recent dog rescues and a nearby overlook
in the same area saw another dog rescue in July 2001.
The edge of the switchback (see photo at right) drops steeply into Zig Zag
Canyon and can easily injure or strand persons or animals that fall there.
Both recent rescues resulted from unleashed dogs that explored too far past the
protective railing at the edge of the switchback. The dogs were unable to
avoid the quick drop off and ended up needing technical extraction from the
On Saturday, an unleashed beagle slid down the canyon and his owner soon became
stranded after attempting to rescue his pet.
switchback on Timberline Trail
PMR rescuer Chris Ledoux helps
Auden the beagle back to safety
Due to the owner's predicament, the
Clackamas County (OR) Sheriff contacted PMR to extract the owner
(and his beagle) from the Canyon. PMR rescuers Chris LeDoux (shown above
with the dog) and Marty Johnson were the first to respond to Timberline Lodge
and hiked nearly 4 miles to the scene. They, along with PMR's Rocky
Henderson, were able to safely remove the stranded pair from the Canyon.
The subjects were in good health and, along with the PMR team, hiked back to
Note: PMR responds to missions based on requests from the presiding sheriff or
government organization. On Mount Hood, the Clackamas County Sheriff does
not usually conduct rescue missions for stranded pets unless humans are in
danger or there is some extenuating circumstance. As such, PMR would like
to encourage dog owners to be aware of the trail conditions and leash their
pets when around steep cliffs and other difficult terrain. A small
measure of preventative actions can save dog owners and their pets a great deal
of stress and worry and avoid unnecessary injuries or deaths.