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News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: June 14, 2012

Media and Interested Parties

UPDATED: Search-and-rescue operation started after climber falls on Mt. Hood; climber deceased; family issues statement

Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-17746



UPDATE: June 14th, 2012, 5:14 p.m.

The family has prepared a written statement (.doc format) and has declined to be interviewed by the media. They specifically have requested their privacy be respected as they grieve the loss of Mark Cartier and celebrate the achievements of his life.

The statement:

Earlier today, on the slopes of Mt. Hood, Mark Cartier lost his life descending from his favorite mountain. My husband was a highly respected and accomplished climber and dedicated athlete. Starting at age 16, Mark became a serious climber. His first love was rock climbing and we met because he was my rock climbing teacher.

Mark helped establish numerous routes at Smith Rock and deftly reached the summit of mountains in Oregon, California, Alaska, Europe, the Himalayas, and many other places. He always exemplified the description of preparedness and calculated risk. I can also say he was well-respected by the very people who helped recover him. A past member of the Timberline Mountain Guides, Mark used Mt. Hood as his special playground.

Mark dedicated his life to being a great father, husband, friend, mentor, and guide. He excelled at pursuing the enjoyment of the adventures he sought out and willingly chose.

His greatest thrill in the past few years has been that of a proud spectator and supporter of his teenaged children as they became smart, wonderful young people and athletes.

Mark left this morning from Timberline Lodge after signing into the Mt. Climbers Registry. He climbed the mountain as he has done hundreds of times before. The only thing different this time was that he didn’t call me saying he had made it down.

Hearing of the accident today, I safely assumed he had stopped to assist someone in need. That was the type of climber Mark has always been.

Mark’s family, friends, co-workers and climbing partners will miss him. I ask the media to please respect my family and Mark’s extended family’s privacy. We need time to grieve and celebrate the incredible life that he shared with us.



UPDATE: June 14th, 2012, 4:46 p.m.

The Clackamas County Medical Examiners started their investigation.

The climber has been positively identified as Mark Cartier, age 56, of Portland, Oregon.

Mr. Cartier was described as an extremely experienced mountaineer and rock climber.

The CCSO Search and Rescue report will be compiled and completed within approximately two weeks. More detailed information regarding the specifics of the incident will be in that report.

The family has prepared a written statement and has declined to be interviewed by the media. They specifically have requested their privacy be respected as they grieve the loss of Mark Cartier and celebrate the achievements of his life.

A live press conference is scheduled for 5 p.m. near the SAR Command Post.


UPDATE: June 14th, 2012, 12:49 p.m.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office SAR report that PMR and AMR located the fallen climber on the west slope of Crater Rock. The climber was reportedly deceased.

The operation was then re-focused on a safe recovery of the body.

The Clackamas County Medical Examiner arrived at the location at about 12:30 p.m.

Volunteers from the AMR RAT Team and Portland Mountain Rescue are performing a litter carry of the body to meet a snowcat at the top of the Palmer ski lift to transport the body down the mountain.

Updates will be provided throughout the operation.

A live press conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. near the SAR Command Post.


EARLIER:

The Oregonian and other news outlets report that the climber has perished. More updates as they become available.



EARLIER: June 14, 2012, 9:22 a.m.

On June 14, 2012, at about 5:20 a.m., a climber called into C-COM, the Clackamas County 911 system, reporting that a climber had fallen from near the 10,000-foot level.

The caller reported that the climber had fallen about 1,000 feet on the standard climbing route and landed on the west side of the Hogsback near Crater Rock.

Other climbers that witnessed the fall made their way to the person and rendered assistance.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office initiated a Search and Rescue operation and is being assisted by the AMR's RAT Team, Portland Mountain Rescue, and Mountain Wave Emergency Communications.

An initial assessment search team is enroute up the mountain at this time.

No information about the identity, age, sex, or current status of the fallen climber is available at this time.

Updates will be provided throughout the operation. Sgt. Adam Phillips, Clackamas County Sheriffs Office Public Information Officer, will be at the SAR Command Post for updates as they become available.

Contact Info:

Adam Phillips, Sergeant
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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