US News Climber killed in fall, others stranded on Mount Hood, Oregon

09:35  14 february  2018
09:35  14 february  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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(Reuters) - A climber died after falling up to 1,000 feet (305 meters) from Mount Hood in Oregon and at least seven spent hours stranded on the face of the mountain on Tuesday as temperatures rose and ice and rock broke loose, officials said.

A climber was killed after a dangerous fall on Mount Hood in Oregon and several others spent hours stranded on the face of the mountain before they could be

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A climber was killed after falling up to 1,000 feet (305 meters) on Mount Hood in Oregon and at least seven other climbers spent hours stranded on the face of the mountain on Tuesday before they could be reached by rescuers.

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By Terray Sylvester. TIMBERLINELODGE, Ore. (Reuters) – A climber was killed after falling up to 1,000 feet (305 meters) on Mount Hood in Oregon and at least seven other climbers spent hours stranded on the face of the mountain on Tuesday before they could be reached by rescuers.

A climber was killed after falling up to 1,000 feet (305 meters) on Mount Hood in Oregon and at least seven other climbers spent hours stranded on the face of the mountain on Tuesday before they could be reached by rescuers.

Rescuers with Portland Mountain Rescue and the 304th Air Force Reserve Rescue Squadron unload after helping climbers descend from Mount Hood © REUTERS/Terray Sylvester Rescuers with Portland Mountain Rescue and the 304th Air Force Reserve Rescue Squadron unload after helping climbers descend from Mount Hood

The man who fell from near the snowy summit of the 11,000-foot (3,353-meter) mountain in northern Oregon was airlifted to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, where he was pronounced dead on arrival, said Brian Jensen of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

An Oregon Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter sits on the landing pad after a rescue from Mount Hood © REUTERS/Steve Dipaola An Oregon Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter sits on the landing pad after a rescue from Mount Hood

By the time rescue crews arrived, the man was bleeding, had injuries to his face and his respiration was on and off, the Oregonian newspaper reported, citing state search and rescue coordinator Scott Lucas.

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TIMBERLINE LODGE, Oregon - A climber was killed after falling up to 1,000 feet (305 metres) on Mount Hood in Oregon and up to 15 other people remained stranded on the face of the mountain in difficult conditions on Tuesday (Feb 14), authorities said.

A climber was killed after falling up to 1,000 feet on Mount Hood in Oregon and at least seven other climbers spent hours stranded on the face of the mountain on Tuesday before they could be reached by rescuers.

a truck is parked on the side of a snow covered road: Rescue personnel attend the staging area for rescues underway on Mount Hood © REUTERS/Terray Sylvester Rescue personnel attend the staging area for rescues underway on Mount Hood

Two other groups of climbers spent much of the day stranded high on the slopes due to dangerously unstable conditions, but were slowly making their way down the mountain by about 5 p.m, Jensen said.

a group of people that are standing in the snow: Rescuers with Portland Mountain Rescue and the 304th Air Force Reserve Rescue Squadron unload after helping climbers descend from Mount Hood © REUTERS/Terray Sylvester Rescuers with Portland Mountain Rescue and the 304th Air Force Reserve Rescue Squadron unload after helping climbers descend from Mount Hood

A group of four people, which included a climber who had been hurt and was having difficulty walking, was being assisted by rescuers. A group of three other people was descending on their own.

a man in a red uniform holding a gun: Rescuers with Portland Mountain Rescue and the 304th Air Force Reserve Rescue Squadron unload after helping climbers descend from Mount Hood © REUTERS/Terray Sylvester Rescuers with Portland Mountain Rescue and the 304th Air Force Reserve Rescue Squadron unload after helping climbers descend from Mount Hood

Randy Lee, 44, was descending from near the summit shortly before noon when he met a group of climbers who said their companion had just fallen some 1,000 feet.

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A climber was killed after falling up to 1,000 feet (305 meters) on Mount Hood in Oregon and up to 15 other people remained stranded on the mountain in

A mountain climber in Oregon who had to be airlifted Tuesday from Mount Hood after falling around 1,000 feet has died, officials said. A few other climbers in two separate groups also were stranded on the mountain , one of whom was believed to have sustained non-life threatening injuries, officials

a sign on the side of a snow covered slope: Rescue personnel attend the staging area for rescues underway on Mount Hood © REUTERS/Terray Sylvester Rescue personnel attend the staging area for rescues underway on Mount Hood

"They said he tumbled. They said it looked like he was doing cartwheels," Lee told Reuters.

a person standing in front of a store: Rescuers with Portland Mountain Rescue and the 304th Air Force Reserve Rescue Squadron unload after helping climbers descend from Mount Hood © REUTERS/Terray Sylvester Rescuers with Portland Mountain Rescue and the 304th Air Force Reserve Rescue Squadron unload after helping climbers descend from Mount Hood

Lee said one of the four remaining climbers descended to the injured man, and shortly afterward another member of the party fell several hundred feet and suffered minor injuries.

a car parked on the side of a snow covered mountain: Rescue personnel attend the staging area for rescues underway on Mount Hood © REUTERS/Terray Sylvester Rescue personnel attend the staging area for rescues underway on Mount Hood

Lee said he and the three remaining climbers regrouped and waited for roughly two hours for rescuers to arrive, adding that one woman in the party was shivering and appeared to be suffering from shock.

Rescue personnel attend the staging area for rescues underway on Mount Hood © REUTERS/Terray Sylvester Rescue personnel attend the staging area for rescues underway on Mount Hood

Major Chris Bernard of the Air National Guard's 304th Rescue Squadron said that the mountain, Oregon's highest peak, turned deadly when cold overnight temperatures warmed quickly during the day, causing ice and rock to break loose.

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TIMBERLINE LODGE, Ore., Feb 13 (Reuters) – A climber was killed after falling up to 1,000 feet on Mount Hood in Oregon and up to 15 other people remained stranded on the face of the mountain in difficult conditions on Tuesday, authorities said.

— A climber who fell more than 700 feet Tuesday on Mount Hood was pronounced dead at a hospital, authorities said. A rescue operation was continuing for four other climbers stranded on the mountain by tumbling rocks and falling ice, officials said.

a group of people riding on the back of a truck: Oregon Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter crew members return with a stretcher after a rescue from Mount Hood © REUTERS/Steve Dipaola Oregon Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter crew members return with a stretcher after a rescue from Mount Hood

"It was a great climbing scenario last night on Mount Hood and it just turned bad," Bernard said.

a close up of a fire truck: Rescuers with Portland Mountain Rescue and the 304th Air Force Reserve Rescue Squadron unload after helping climbers descend from Mount Hood © REUTERS/Terray Sylvester Rescuers with Portland Mountain Rescue and the 304th Air Force Reserve Rescue Squadron unload after helping climbers descend from Mount Hood

Jensen said it was possible there were more people on the mountain who had not been in communication with authorities.

a person riding on the back of a truck: An Oregon Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter crew member returns with a stretcher after a rescue from Mount Hood © REUTERS/Steve Dipaola An Oregon Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter crew member returns with a stretcher after a rescue from Mount Hood

A 40-person rescue crew, assisted by Air National Guard crews, was working to get everyone to safety before a storm hit later on Tuesday or early on Wednesday.

a group of people on a snow covered mountain: Rescue personnel attend the staging area for rescues underway on Mount Hood © REUTERS/Terray Sylvester Rescue personnel attend the staging area for rescues underway on Mount Hood

An estimated 8,000 to 10,000 climbers from around the world each year try to scale Mount Hood, an 11,249-foot-tall (3,429-meter) peak in the Cascade range. Since 1883 more than 100 people have been killed on the mountain, according to the Oregonian.

(Reporting by Keith Coffman in Denver and Alex Dobuzinskis, Steve Gorman and Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Writing by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Sandra Maler and Leslie Adler)

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