The PMR team reaches 10,000 ft
The first PMR rescue team reaches the 10,000-foot mark and a Timberline snow groomer that had delivered some equipment to the scene. Several climbers watch as three of the five PMR rescuers continue past them and on to the accident scene - above 10,400 feet. Above, an Oregon National Guard 1042nd Air Ambulance Unit helicopter arrives to evacuate the first critically injured victim.
Pave Hawk prior to crash
The ill-fated Air Force Reserve Pave Hawk helicopter hovers over the Bergschrund crevasse less than a minute before it crashes. The rescue litter is just being attached to the hoist cable at the time of this photo.
Moments after the Pave Hawk helicopter came to rest, the pilot and co-pilot scramble out of the wreckage to safety. Dazed and in shock, the last crew member to be ejected from the aircraft sits quietly (top, right) in the snow.
Crew member signals a chopper
An Air Force Reserve crew member signals to another AFRC Pave Hawk chopper passing overhead, as PMR and AMR medics tend to the injured pararescue jumpers (PJ's). Mount Hood's sulfur spewing fumaroles and Crater Rock provide the backdrop.
A National Guard chopper arrives
After the Pave Hawk crash, a National Guard helicopter arrives to drop off a rescuer prior to evacuating a critically injured victim. PMR's Michael Leming (left), Tracie Rosenberry (bottom) and AMR's Dave Mull direct the chopper to the landing zone.
Coordinating the chopper evac
A 1402nd National Guard rescuer radios for a litter that will transport the critically injured patient off the mountain. Meanwhile, the activities at the Bergschrund crevasse can be seen in the upper right portion of the photo.
National Guard evacs a victim
A National Guard helicopter raises a critically injured victim off the mountain to safety. The chopper hovered about 30 feet above the landing zone and hoisted the rescue litter into the aircraft before heading off to a Portland area hospital.
PMR rescuers work at the crevasse
Portland Mountain Rescue and American Medical Response rescuers enter the Bergschrund crevasse to begin bringing the fatally injured climbers to the surface. The three victims were between 20 and 30 feet down the crevasse.
Dealing with the Media
Almost 11 hours after receiving the mission call out, an exhausted Steve Rollins explains the day's amazing events to the gathered reporters. A veteran of many rescue operations, Steve served as the on scene Incident Commander during the mission. Due to his participation in more than 50 interviews, he did not return home until late the next afternoon.