Rescue crews reach stranded climber on Mount Hood, escort him back to safety

Rescue crews load up into snowcat at Timberline Lodge - Clackamas County Sheriff's Office image.

GOVT. CAMP, Ore. – Search and rescue crews have reached a climber who got lost on Mount Hood during whiteout conditions on Tuesday.

The climber was unhurt and came prepared with warm clothing and some food and water, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said. Rescue crews asked him to stay put until they could come and safely get him down the mountain.

Officials announced the man was lost near Palmer Glacier at about 1:20 p.m., and that the sheriff’s search and rescue team was called out to help.

The rescue team took a snowcat vehicle up to the glacier at about 3:45 p.m., shortly before sunset.

They said the team, equipped with high-powered lights, managed to reach the man at about 5:00 p.m., and that they will be skiing down from the location.

Our news chopper found the man, however, the helicopter is not equipped to carry him off the mountain.

"One of the first questions I heard a rescuer ask is how much battery life does lost climber’s phone have," the sheriff's office said. "SAR deputies recommend carrying a power pack or extra phone batteries when hiking or climbing."

Earlier in the day, some of the mountain resorts reported visibility issues on some of the higher lifts.



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