At approximately 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 24, 2014, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office received reports of a fallen climber on Mt Hood. Initial reports were that the fall had occurred near the Crater Rock and Hogsback areas on the mountain. The climber -- Michael Adams, 59, of Tualatin, OR -- slipped on the ice and slid several hundred feet.
Several climbers in the area were able to report information to the Sheriff's Office. Adams was reportedly able to communicate with the other climbers, but his injuries left him unable to climb out. The extent of his injuries is not known at this time.
Other climbers who were on the mountain at the time were able to reach the injured Adams' location. A medical doctor was reportedly to be among the people with the injured climber and provided useful information to help coordinate the rescue.
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue (SAR) Coordinators responded to Timberline Lodge to lead the rescue effort. Other resources called out included American Medical Response's Reach and Treat (RAT) Team, trained volunteers from Portland Mountain Rescue, and Mountain Wave Emergency Communications. A request was made for the Oregon Army National Guard to be on standby in case they were needed for the rescue effort.
Rescuers were able reach Adams and stabilize him. Adams was airlifted to a Portland hospital with the help of the Oregon Army National Guard. At this writing (May 24, 4:42 p.m.), Adams appeared to have a fractured leg, possible rib fractures and other minor injuries.
Deputy Marcus Mendoza
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office