Climber sustains knee injury by icefall on South Side of
May 16, 2009
On Saturday, May 16th Clackamas County Sheriff's Office requested the
assistance of Portland Mountain Rescue with rescuing a 34 year-old woman on the
South Side of Mount Hood. The woman was hit by falling ice near the southwest
side of Crater Rock and sustained a knee injury. Her climbing party put out a
call for help and then began a self-rescue. At some point during this
evacuation, a second icefall incident injured several others in the group,
causing crampon puncture wounds and other minor injuries.
The climbing party managed to continue their descent until they were met by
American Medical Response Reach and Treat personnel who administered first aid
to those who needed it. PMR arrived shortly thereafter with a litter, rigged a
lowering system using ropes and pulleys and lowered the woman to the top of the
Palmer ski lift where she was taken by ski patrol to down to Timberline Lodge.