PMR Rescues Injured Climber from Mt Hood's Crater
Friday, July 23, 2004
 
Friday afternoon, members of Portland Mountain Rescue and paramedics from the American Medical Response Reach and Treat Team rescued an injured climber from the crater of Mount Hood.
 
The 20-year-old male subject fell while descending a steep portion of the Hogsback, a ridge between 10,400 and 11,000 feet in the peak's crater.  The man did not fall into the Bergschrund crevasse, but did tumble several hundred feet down into a gully on the West side of the Hogsback.
 
  Map
Mt Hood Reference Map
Fortunately, he was able to stop the fall before reaching a large fumarole (volcanic vent) in the area.
 
Though an Oregon National Guard Blackhawk helicopter was on scene at Timberline Lodge, rescuers chose to evacuate the climber via the ground.  The man was packaged in a rescue litter with backboard and lowered progressively down the mountain.
 
PMR rescuers used their Hogsback Kit, a lightweight rigging system used to lower litter-packaged patients down the relatively mild slopes of the Mount Hood's South Side.  In a rescue such as this one, successive lowering stations are created every 300 feet.  Though the Hogsback Kit is an efficient method, it still takes a considerable amount of time to cover the 1-1/4 mile distance from the Hogsback to the top of the Timberline Ski Area at Palmer Snowfield.
 
The condition of the patient is reportedly stable and the overall rescue took into the early evening.