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Rescue attempts being made to rescue a climber on Mt. Hood
At approximately 11:10 am on May 26, 2018, a team of volunteer rescue climbers with Portland Mountain Rescue made contact with the injured climber near Hogsback Ridge. Rescuers verified that the climber was in serious but stable condition.
At approximately 2:35pm, a Medic Air Evacuation Unit with the Oregon Army National Guard responded to the scene in an effort to transport the patient to a medical facility. Due to winds varying between 30 and 50 knots, the helicopter was unable to reach the patient. At approximately 4:10pm, the helicopter returned to the mountain, still battling extremely dangerous winds, and was able to drop of a National Guard Medic on the mountain to tend to the patient. The helicopter was forced to return to the Portland-area to refuel, but once again returned at approximately 6:10pm to once again try and evacuate the patient.
Due to the continued high winds and dangerous flying conditions, the decision was made to transport the patient by ground to a lower elevation. At approximately 7:45pm, the rescue crew that was with the patient was able to safely get the patient to Timberline Lodge parking lot where the Air Medic Evacuation Unit was standing-by to pick the patient up. The patient was then transported to a Portland-area where he will be treated for his injuries.
At this time, the patient’s name will not be released to allow for family notifications. The patient is described as a 35 year old male from Portland.
The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office would like to extend a sincere thank you to our partners who assisted in the search and rescue effort: Portland Mountain Rescue, American Medical Response Reach and Treat, Hood River Crag Rats, Mountain Wave Search and Rescue, and the Oregon Army National Guard.
Earlier: The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is currently coordinating rescue efforts to rescue a climber on Mt. Hood who has fallen near the Hogsback area. The patients identity and extent of injuries are unknown at this time as rescue efforts continue.
At about 10:07 a.m. the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office received a report that an unknown person had fallen and was injured. The area called the Hot Rocks and Hogsback area are common places climbers traverse to summit the mountain. The area can be very trecherous which makes it difficult for rescue attempts and we are being told there are high winds which are hapmering rescue efforts.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is being assisted by many other highly trained agencies to include; Portland Mountain Rescue (PMR), American Medical Response RAT team, United States National Guard, Mt. Hood Ski Patrol, and Mountain Wave Communications
There are no further details at the moment.