Hogback Rescue July 2001
On July 1, 2001, an inexperienced climber fell into a crevasse in the crater of 11,239-foot Mount Hood. He slipped, lost his ice axe and was unable to self arrest, sliding 300 feet from the Hogsback to a crevasse at the rim of a large fumarole (a volcanic vent).
In this photo, several members of the hastily assembled rescue party descend into the crevasse to stabilize and remove the injured climber. The victim only had a broken ankle, but the lack of a full compliment of rescue gear made extrication more difficult.
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