UPDATED: Climber falls on Mt. Hood; Sheriff's Office starts SAR

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: June 21, 2012

Media and Interested Parties


Photo: Mountaineering Features of Mt. Hood's South Side

Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-18513

UPDATE: June 21, 2012, 1:06 p.m.

A Portland Mountain Rescue volunteer was in the area on a climb and was able to reach the climber.

Clackamas County Sheriffs Office Search and Rescue personnel initiated a rescue effort and are being assisted by the AMR's RAT Team, Portland Mountain Rescue, and Mountain Wave Emergency Communications.

AMR's RAT team was able to reach the climber. He has been identified as Gary Morgan, age 52, city unknown.  It is being reported that Mr. Morgan was on a solo climb.

Mr. Morgan reportedly has a serious injury to his hip/leg as well as secondary injuries to other parts of his body.

Personnel from AMR and PMR will be stabilizing Mr. Morgan and doing a hand litter carry to a point where a snowcat will be used to move him the rest of the way down the hill.

The rescue operation could take several hours. 

EARLIER: June 21, 2012, 10:19 a.m.

Mt Hood FeaturesAt about 9:23 a.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2012, Clackamas County 911 received a call reporting that a climber had fallen near Hogsback. 

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue personnel initiated a response and are en route to the scene now.

AMR's Reach And Treat (RAT) Team and Portland Mountain Rescue are also responding to assist. 

Updates will be provided near the SAR Command Post at Timberline Lodge by Sgt. Adam Phillips


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

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