The PMR ready team went to retrieve additional gear, and
issued a ‘stand-by’ callout to the rest of the members of PMR. As
the ready team left the Timberline ski area they were joined by two paramedics
from the American Medical Response Reach and Treat (RAT) team. When
the reporting party returned to his group, he radioed that the injured skier
was unable to move and was waiting with his two other friends on the Reid
Glacier. A full PMR callout was
then issued. The PMR ready team
and paramedics on scene were able to reach the patient, stabilized him, and
package him in a litter for evacuation.
With the help of the patient’s friends, the team began the long and difficult process of raising the patient using a
specialized rope-and-pulley system nearly 1,000 feet to the top of Illumination
While the rescue began in full sunshine and warm temperatures,
an approaching storm was visible to the west. With the help of additional PMR
rescuers, the patient reached Illumination Saddle as darkness fell and the
snowstorm moved in. The first group of rescuers skied down to the lodge with
the three members of the party that were mobile. The injured skier was lowered
to a waiting snow cat in the ski area and from there was transported to
Timberline Lodge and then to an area hospital.
On peak days of the skiing and climbing seasons, PMR often has
a volunteer “ready team” at Timberline Lodge Ski Resort to provide mountain
safety education and to be available in the event of an accident.