PMR Rescues Injured Climber from High on Mt Hood
Thursday, December 23, 2004
(Updated December 24, 2004)
 
On Thursday afternoon, PMR members rescued a climber after the man was hurt near the 11,000-foot mark on Oregon's tallest peak.  The subject sustained a severe ankle injury after a fall from the Pearly Gates, a chute just below the mountain's summit on the South Side "standard" route.  The man ended up several hundred feet down in the crater near a feature known as Devil's Kitchen.
 
PMR members Erik Broms, Marty Johnson, Chris LeDoux and Troy Norman were climbing the mountain as part of "ready team" activities and were in the area at the time of the accident.  Johnson initiated rescue activities and Norman began medical treatment on the man.
 
As more rescuers made their way to the mountain, PMR rescuers Iain Morris and Reuben Dohrendorf skied down to Timberline Lodge to retrieve technical rescue equipment.  They gathered the PMR "Hogsback Kit" technical rescue system and rode a sno-cat to the top of the ski area where Johnson and another volunteer were waiting.  From there, the four carried equipment up to the scene just below Crater Rock.
 
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Rescuer Reuben Dohrendorf controls the patient's descent using the PMR Hogsback Kit
 
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PMR rescuers attend to the patient's litter as it is lowered down the slopes of Mt Hood
 
While the equipment was ascending the mountain, PMR member Jim Brewer and another climber from the Mazamas climbing club helped the injured man hobble down from the crater to about 9,700 feet on the mountain.  Once there, the rescuers packaged the subject in a rescue litter and slowly lowered him down the snow-covered slopes of the mountain.  Progressing 300 feet at a time, it took several hours to reach the top of the ski area and a waiting Timberline Ski Area sno-cat.  The vehicle delivered the injured man back to the safety of Timberline Lodge just before 7:00 PM PST.
 
The subject's condition is unknown, though his injuries were not considered life threatening.
 
This was PMR's 16th rescue mission of 2004, 11 of which occurred on Mount Hood.