UPDATED: Two climbers fall on Mt. Hood; rescue underway

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: Thursday, June 9, 2016, 1:46 p.m.


UPDATE: June 9th, 2016 5:14 PM

At approximately 5 p.m., Patrick Lueb (age 49, from Arlington, VA) and Mark Gerschoffer (age 52, from El Cajon, CA) were returned to the parking lot of Timberline Lodge.

Mr. Lueb had facial lacerations and injured ribs. Mr. Gerschoffer did not sustain any injuries.

Both were transported to Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center for evaluation.

EARLIER (Thursday, June 9, 2016, 1:46 p.m.)

At about 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 9, 2016,  the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office received a call from two climbers who had fallen on Mt. Hood and were injured.

The climbers were in the area of the south climbing chute at about 10,500 feet – which is located above Hogsback – when they fell.

The climbers were conscious, breathing and talking to 911 operators.

A Reach and Treat team from AMR reached the climbers at approximately 1:30 p.m. and began the process of walking them back down. At this writing (June 9, 2016, 1:46 p.m.)  the climbers are coming down the mountain under their own power.

Currently members of Portland Mountain Rescue are working their way up to the climbers to assist with bringing them back down to Timberline Lodge.

Mountain Wave Emergency Communications has been on scene providing communications support.


News-release archive

Contact Info:
Deputy Bryon O'Neil
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office