Lowering a litter into a crevasse
Portland Mountain Rescue regularly trains on the large glaciers of Mount Hood. In this photo, a PMR member is lowered with a rescue litter into a deep glacier crevasse.
Removing a patient from the glacier
Placing a picket anchor in the snow
Portland Mountain Rescue members actively train for rescue litter evacuation near the White River Glacier area on Mount Hood. A rescue litter is used to immobilize the injured person for safe removal from the mountain.
Changing from a lower to a raise
The rope team changes over the mainline from a lowering system to a raising system. The rope is locked off in the brake bar (left) and then prusiks and pulleys complete the raising setup. PMR can use 3-to-1, 4-to-1, 6-to-1 or 9-to-1 mechanical advantages in the raising process.
(L-R: Iain Morris, Maria Ochsner, Lancea LaPorte & Tracie Rosenberry)
Raising the litter attendant
The rope team hauls the litter attendant and mock victim out of the crevasse using a 3-to-1 advantage pulley system, while another team member manages the prusiks at the first pulley.
(L-R: Reuben Dohrendorf, Nick Pope, Tracie Rosenberry, Iain Morris and Doug Hormann. Foreground: Maria Ochsner.)
The attendant exits the crevasse
The rope team raises the litter attendant and the mock victim past the edge of the crevasse. On this day, a camera crew was on hand to film the training for a documentary.