Back-country skier dies on Mount Hood
Dr. Cory Johnson, a Hood River man who died while back-country skiing on Tuesday, his 47th birthday, was described by a neighbor as an "amazing man."
"I have to say, he was the most amazing dad and husband," said Jan Veldhuisen Virk. "I mean, that was truly where his heart was at."
A search-and-rescue mission for Johnson at the 9,400 feet level on Mount Hood on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 25, turned into a recovery mission when Johnson died by the time paramedics arrived, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said.
Officials said they received a 911 call just after noon from two climbers who found a man in the Illumination Saddle area on the northwest flank of Mount Hood, due north of Timberline Lodge. He was wearing ski boots and had fallen from an unknown height.
Johnson was alive when the climbers found him, but died before paramedics could reach him, reported KOIN-6 News, an Outlook media partner.
Clackamas County Sheriff's Sgt. Marcus Mendoza said an Oregon National Guard helicopter responded but was called off because of high winds. Crews with Portland Mountain Rescue used a snowcat to reach the man's location and brought his body down to Timberline Lodge on a litter, KOIN reported.
Mendoza said it's unclear how he fell or how long he was lying in the snow before the two climbers found him.
Johnson, a husband and father of two young boys, was a surgeon at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital.
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