News and information regarding PMR missions, events & activities.
The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office requested Portland Mountain Rescue’s help around midnight for two climbers who were stranded near the false summit of Mt. Adams. The middle-aged couple had called 911 at 7 pm, reporting that they were out of food and water, had leg cramps, and were unable to descend.
The PMR team started climbing at 6:30. At the time the PMR team was nearing the 8,000 foot level, another search team located the subjects on the false summit around 11,500 feet. They were well dressed with plastic boots, down jackets, and shells, but carried no ice axes, crampons, or hiking poles, and little food or water in their lumbar packs. Upon reaching the summit around 5pm, they found the conditions becoming too icy for descending and were also hampered by dehydration, hunger, and leg cramps. The subjects were uninjured, and after being fed and watered, would be able walk. The PMR team ascended to 9,900 feet to meet the descending subjects. The other search team lowered the climbers with ropes down the steepest sections at the top, after which they were able to walk without assistance. Crampons & ice axes are two necessary pieces of equipment needed for climbing all glaciated cascade volcanoes. Being prepared with the proper equipment and supplies saves lives in the mountains.
A 54 year-old male from Tucson, AZ suffered a fall early Saturday morning (July 24th). PMR was called out to assist in the rescue. The subject was not using crampons and had taken a fall near an area of the summit know as the Hogsback. PMR sent a team of seven up the lift chair who then hiked the remainder of the way to the fall-site. The subject had sustained a fractured/dislocated ankle along with abrasions. A Blackhawk helicopter was called in for extraction as well as to do a quick search run over the Reid Headwall looking for clues regarding Nolan & Vietti, the two missing climbers from last winter. The patient was delivered to Emanuel hospital for treatment. The South Side of Mt. Hood continues to attract unskilled climbers who underestimate the consequences associated with a fall above the Hogsback. Proper climbing skills and equipment are required when climbing all routes on Mt Hood.
Portland Mountain Rescue was called to assist in the extraction of an injured climber Wednesday morning just below the summit of Mount Hood in an area called “Hot Rocks”. The 25 year-old male climber lost his footing while descending from the summit and was unable to stop himself. The climber suffered injuries to his knee and elbow. Nearby climbers rendered first aid until PMR and the RAT (Reach and Treat) paramedics arrived. Once the patient was stabilized, PMR began the evacuation. The patient was loaded into a sled and lowered down the mountain using a series of rope & pulley lowering systems.
Many climbers take on Mt Hood each year due to the ease of access to the mountain and it’s primary climber route; The South Side. The top summit sections of Mt Hood contain some very dangerous and technical terrain. It is paramount that all climbers have the needed mountaineering skills in glacier travel, route finding, and safety. Check out our safety tips and links to current conditions before your next climb [ HERE ].
PMR responded to a request on Mt Hood’s north side. A group of five climbers/skiers were hiking up a popular-back country skiing area called Snow Dome. Bad weather rolled in leading to poor visibility on the mountain. One of the climbers, apparently not knowing the route, was separated from his group and accidentally traversed onto an exposed, steep area called the Coe Glacier. The climber allegedly fell to his death. PMR assisted in the body recovery. PMR recommends all climbers to maximize their familiarity with their accent and decent route options before embarking on climbs on Mount Hood.
PMR received a request to assist in the search for two overdue climbers on St. Helens. The subjects were 32 and 34 year-old brothers-in-law who had apparently left the Marble Mountain Snow Park the previous day.
Conditions were very wet with 3-4 inches of rainfall. Multiple rescue teams systematically searched the mountain. Eventually, the missing climbers walked out onto a trail and were picked up by a vehicle searcher. Debriefing indicated that the pair had reached the summit at around 2:00pm the previous day. They became disoriented in the poor visibility and ended up descending the wrong route. They camped overnight in drainage at around 3600′. In the morning they attempted to reorient themselves by heading back up in hopes of locating the trail that circles the mountain. They failed in this attempt. Deep snow concealed the trail and the climbers opted to follow a second gulley to the Southwest. This path eventually intersected the trail and the pair made their way out.
Weather conditions such as snowfall and visibility can change rapidly in the Cascades. It is always advised to know the route and be prepared with the appropriate gear and knowledge to navigate and survive in the wilderness if difficult conditions such as low visibility arise.