Climber dies after 600-foot fall on Mt. Hood

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: Sunday, May 7, 2017, 6:49 p.m.


UPDATE (Monday, May 8, 2017, 3:12 p.m.)

The victim in yesterday's fatal fall on Mt. Hood has been identified as John Thorton Jenkins, 32 years old, from Seattle WA. According the the Medical Examiners Office, Mr. Jenkins' family has been notified of his death.


EARLIER (Sunday, May 7, 2017, 6:49 p.m.)


At about 11:26 a.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office was notified about a possible fall that had occurred on Mt. Hood, near the Hogsback climbing area.

Callers were reporting that a male had suffered severe injuries after sliding approximately 600 feet down steep terrain.

Deputies with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue Team responded to the scene; with the assistance of the Mt. Hood Ski Patrol and Portland Mountain Rescue, they located the patient.

The patient, a 32-year-old male from Seattle, received medical treatment at the scene. Due to the extent of the injuries sustained, the decision was made to transport the patient by air-ambulance. The patient was subsequently airlifted by Oregon Army National Guard medevac helicopter to a Portland-area hospital.

The patient was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

The identity of the victim is not being released at this time to allow for family notifications.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office would like to extend our deepest thanks to our outstanding partners with the Mt. Hood Ski Patrol, Portland Mountain Rescue, and the Oregon Army National Guard.

No further information is being released at this time.


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Contact Info:
Deputy Hayden Sanders
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office