Climber rescued, others stranded on Oregon's Mount Hood


An additional three climbers were making their way down the mountain without assistance.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Clackamas County Sheriff's office said one group of four hikers was stranded, one of the climbers had been injured, and another climber had fallen. That injury was not life-threatening. Other climbers were on the mountain Tuesday afternoon, but it's unknown if they are in trouble.

The people in need of help are in two climbing groups, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

A half dozen climbers stranded on Oregon's Mt. Hood since Tuesday afternoon have been rescued and brought to safety.

Authorities did not immediately release the name of the man who died. He was later declared dead.

More than a half-dozen had been climbing near the summit when they encountered tumbling rocks and falling ice.

"I'm ecstatic that my son is down and safe and I'm very sorry for the family of the climber that was lost", Posekany said. Chris Bernard of the 304th Rescue Squadron.

The stranded climbers were on the Hogsback Trail near the summit of the 11,240-foot mountain about 60 miles east of Portland. "So they're gonna get all the heat of the day, and then it's going to cool off at night". "We are thankful, however, that we are able to get these other folks down safely".

Authorities were using a helicopter and ground crews to try to aid the stranded people.

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Wyatt Peck, 26, said he tried scaling the mountain earlier on Tuesday but turned back because his pickaxe failed to grip the melting ice and snow.

"Conditions seem to be pretty icy, and that's partly due to the weather, the freeze melt cycles we've been having", said director Steve Guthrie.

"I'm just so happy and relieved", said Kim Posekany. "I think they just got to the summit and were so exhausted they didn't know what to do to get back down - and that's the hardest part, to get back down".

Peck said climbers must know when to abandon a summit attempt.

Officials say he fell between 700-1,000 feet down the mountain.

Six climbers stranded near the top of a mountain in OR are now safe after a dramatic rescue operation.

The deceased climber fell in Mount Hood's Hogsback area around 10:30 a.m. local time, KGW-TV reported.

Oregon's Mount Hood is seen from Timberline Lodge on the south side of the mountain, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.