US Climber falls, others stranded on Oregon's Mount Hood

00:55  14 february  2018
00:55  14 february  2018 Source:   ap.org

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— Rescuers scrambled to Oregon ' s tallest peak Tuesday after a climber fell several hundred feet and seven others were stranded , authorities said. Mount Hood is a popular climbing site that has seen dozens of accidents and fatalities over the years.

13, 2009, file photo, high winds whip snow off the western peaks of Mount Hood as seen from Government Camp, Ore. Rescuers scrambled to Oregon ' s tallest peak Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, after a climber fell several hundred feet and seven others were stranded . less.

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2009, file photo, high winds whip snow off the western peaks of Mount Hood as seen from Government Camp, Ore. Rescuers scrambled to Oregon's tallest peak Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, after a climber fell several hundred feet and seven others were stranded. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, file) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2009, file photo, high winds whip snow off the western peaks of Mount Hood as seen from Government Camp, Ore. Rescuers scrambled to Oregon's tallest peak Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, after a climber fell several hundred feet and seven others were stranded. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, file)

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. — Rescuers scrambled up Oregon's tallest peak Tuesday after a climber fell several hundred feet and four others were stranded, authorities said.

Russell Gubele of Mountain Wave Search and Rescue said he was unable to release information about the climber's condition. He said it's unclear how far the climber fell, with reports varying from several hundred feet to 1,000 feet (304 meters).

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Mount Hood is Oregon ' s tallest peak and attracts more than 10,000 climbers a year. Authorities say a rescue effort is underway for a climber who fell on Mount Hood . The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that other climbers might be stranded .

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. — Rescuers scrambled up Oregon ' s tallest peak Tuesday after a climber fell several hundred feet and four others were stranded , authorities said. Russell Gubele of Mountain Wave Search and Rescue said he was unable to release information about the climber 's condition.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, which is coordinating the rescue operation, said other climbers were providing aid as crews tried to reach the scene.

KOIN-TV reports that video taken from a helicopter showed people performing CPR on the injured climber, who is believed to be a man.

Separately, a party of four climbers is stranded and one of them is hurt, said Sgt. Brian Jensen, a sheriff's office spokesman.

The stranded climbers were on the Hogsback area near the summit of the 11,240-foot (3,429-meter) mountain about 60 miles (97 kilometers) east of Portland.

"I don't know that any advice has been given (to them) yet," Gubele said. "We have to get some folks on the scene to do some assessing."

Mount Hood is a popular climbing site that has seen dozens of accidents and fatalities over the years. Thousands climb it each year, mostly in the spring.

The peak is notorious for loose ice and rocks in warm weather.

The sun has been out this week and the temperature was around freezing at the spot where the climber fell, Gubele said.

"This is the kind of weather conditions and the time of year where you often get falling ice, falling rocks and problems," Gubele said. "It sounds like the conditions up there are very unsafe right now."

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Dubois reported from Portland, Oregon.

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