Forest Grove climbers rescued on Mount Hood
Two Forest Grove climbers were fortunate to have suffered just minor injuries after falling roughly 700 feet while climbing on Mount Hood Sunday, July 26.
According to Portland Mountain Rescue, the climbers, a Forest Grove couple in their early 30s, were roped together but were not setting anchors to hold a fall, and they were wearing microspikes instead of technical crampons for grip on the ice. One of the climbers lost their footing and slipped, taking the other along with them on a tumble 700 feet down the crater wall, landing close to the Hot Rocks fumarole. The resulting injuries were not life-threatening.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office was notified at 9:42 a.m. Sunday morning that two climbers had fallen. Within minutes, dispatch notified the Sheriff's Offices Search And Rescue (SAR) Coordinators and they were deployed along with volunteers from American Medical Response's Reach and Treat Team (RAT).
The location of the two climbers was determined to be west of Hogsback behind Crater Rock, at approximately 10,000 feet.
Initial reports suggested significant injuries, but upon arrival rescuers found both climbers to have suffered minor to moderate injuries. They were rendered aid by nearby climbers.
Rescue teams stabilized the female climber, whose injuries were more extensive, and began their decent to Timberline Lodge. After arriving at Timberline Lodge around 6 p.m. on Sunday, where they were met by AMR paramedics, the woman was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, while the man descended under his own power.
SAR coordinators and rescuers stressed that Mount Hood is unpredictable this time of year due to snow melt, ice fall and rock fall dangers. They added that it is currently outside of the normal climbing season, and climbing Mount Hood is not advised at this time.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story named the climbers injured in a fall on Mount Hood, citing the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. The climbers and the Sheriff's Office have since asked that their names be omitted from the story, and they have been removed accordingly.
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