PMR Recovers Climber's Body from Mt. Hood
January 21, 2009
On Wednesday, January 21, 2009 -a husband and wife team- were ascending Mt
Hood, traversing from the Hogsback over to the Mazama Chute, when suddenly ice
broke free from the cliffs above them and struck the woman causing her to
tumble 400 feet before coming to a rest at a depression on the west side of the
Hogsback. Another team of climbers nearby witnessed the accident and called
PMR arrived at Timberline around 12:00 pm and sent 14 rescuers into the field
shortly thereafter. When the teams arrived at the scene, it was confirmed that
the woman was deceased. Rescuers packaged the woman's body in a liter then,
using a system of ropes and anchors, lowered her down to the top of the Palmer
snowfield at 8500 feet where she was loaded into a snow cat.
All personnel were out of the field at approximately 8:00 pm.
A unique weather pattern called an inversion has brought unseasonably warm
temperatures to the upper reaches of the mountain. These warm temperatures
combined with the winter ice build-up can increase risk of falling ice.