PMR Assists Injured Mt Hood Climber to Safety
Monday, July 5, 2004
At the end of the popular July 4th weekend holiday, a small
contingent of Portland Mountain Rescue members assisted an injured
climber to safety from the South Side of Mount Hood. The
climber, a man in his mid 30's, had sustained an injury while
glissading down the mountain after a successful summit attempt.
The man and his two climbing partners from Fargo, North Dakota, were
sliding down the South Side of the mountain near Triangle Moraine
(approximately 9,600 feet) when the subject caught a crampon in the
snow, injuring a lower extremity in the process. Several PMR
members happened upon the climber during a routine "Ready
Team" patrol in the area.
The PMR rescuers initiated an impromptu mission, borrowing a litter
(stretcher) from the Mount Hood Ski Patrol and drafting the help of
a local Crag Rat rescue team member and the uninjured
climbers. After several lowering sequences, the litter was
delivered to the top of the Timberline Ski Area (around 8,500 feet)
where the Ski Patrol took over. The patient was then brought
down the ski lift to the safety of the First Aid room at
Timberline's Wy'East Day Lodge.
The climber was well enough to return to North Dakota the same day.
PMR would like to point out that glissading while wearing crampons
on your boots is an improper technique that leads to multiple
injuries every climbing season. Removing crampons and
understanding the proper method of glissading are key to safely
engaging in this activity.