PMR Assists with Climber's Self-Rescue
February 01, 2009
Sunday, February 1st, 2009 two men were attempting a summit climb of Mt Hood.
When the men reached the Hogsback, poor conditions and fatigue prompted them to
turn around and head back down. As the pair descended, one of the men lost his
balance and fell approximately 20 feet before self-arresting. During his fall
the man dislocated his shoulder. His climbing partner placed a call to 911 and
Portland Mountain Rescue was activated.
Another group of climbers came across the injured party and stopped to help
out. With the assistance from this group and his climbing partner, the injured
man was able to walk down the mountain to the top of the Palmer snowfield where
he was met by a small team of PMR rescuers and a snow cat to take him back to
While this accident was unfortunate, it serves as a good example of how
self-reliance and help from fellow climbers can resolve the situation without
the need of a complicated rescue.