Climber Dies on Mount Hood After Vicious Fall, 6 Others Rescued

February 14, 2018 Updated: February 14, 2018

A climber who fell from Oregon’s tallest peak, Mount Hood, died on Tuesday, Feb. 13, while six others were successfully rescued.

One of the six was seriously injured.

Dozens of rescuers were called into action after the group of seven became stranded in the Hogsback area of the mountain.

The climber who died fell 700 to 1,000 feet, the Clackamas Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter.

His group tried to administer CPR, but their attempts failed and he died around 1:30 p.m.

An eyewitness told KATU that “he started cartwheeling” just before disappearing from view.

The seven stranded climbers were two separate groups.

The rescue started around 10:30 a.m.

“It’s treacherous. There’s a lot of fallen rock and ice, which is normal when you have freezing overnight and it gets so warm during the day,” Clackamas County Sgt. Brian Jensen said to KATU.

The injured woman was unable to move and was brought down on a sled roped by rescuers, the sheriff’s office said.

Her condition is unclear.

She was in the group that included the climber that died.

Steve Rollins of Portland Mountain Rescue told KGW that Hogsback is the most popular climbing route on the mountain.

“Hogsback is a steep spine that goes from the crater of the volcano up toward the summit, approximately 800 feet in length,” Rollins said.

A fallen climber isn’t an uncommon occurrence this time of year, he added.



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