Injured Climber Rescued From Mount Hood

posted by Brad Ford -

Around 10 a.m., a 35-year-old man from Portland fell near Hogsback while climing Mount Hood.

He suffered several broken bones in the fall.

At 11:10 a.m., 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 2:35 p.m., 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 4:10 p.m., 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 6:10 p.m. 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 7:45 p.m., 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.

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