PMR locates lost person on Mt Hood
August 06, 2008
On Wednesday, August 6th Clackamas County Sheriffs Office contacted Portland
Mountain Rescue to assist with evacuating what was supposedly an injured skier
near the summit of Mt Hood. CCSO had received multiple phone calls from the
subject that provided clues, but failed to pinpoint his exact location.
Teams from PMR and AMR Reach and Treat (RAT) entered the field around 1:00 pm
searching the upper parts of the mountain and the lower area of Zig Zag
Glacier. The "injured skier" actually turned out to be a disoriented and
dehydrated 55-year-old man, wearing only slip-on shoes and carrying a small
travel bag full of spiritual books. Located on the Zig Zag Canyon rim
approximately 200 feet above Mississippi Head, the man claimed to have spent
"four days and nights" on the mountain.
After receiving food and liquids, the man was escorted to the upper Zig Zag
Canyon where he was packaged in a litter, provided IV fluids and transported
off the mountain. All teams were out of the field by 6:00 pm.
When entering any type of wilderness, it is extremely important to not only
wear the appropriate clothing and footwear, but to carry an area map, a compass
and enough food and water for your outing.