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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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A mountain climber in Oregon who had to be airlifted Tuesday from Mount Hood after falling around 1,000 feet has died, officials said. Rescue crews were called to the scene Tuesday morning following reports of a fallen climber and potentially others who were stranded on the Hogsback area of the

A climber who fell on Mount Hood in Oregon on Tuesday has died, officials said, and rescuers guided down two others who were stranded and rescued a third by sled Tuesday night.

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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A fatality and an hours-long rescue effort to bring other climbers off Oregon ' s tallest peak as a storm approached Tuesday underscore the dangers of a Authorities say a climber who fell up to 1,000 feet (305 meters) and was airlifted off Mount Hood has died. Several climbers remain stranded on the

More than a half-dozen had been climbing near Mount Hood ’s peak on Tuesday when they encountered tumbling rocks and falling ice. Authorities said Tuesday night that all of the other climbers who had been stranded on Oregon ’ s tallest mountain had been brought down safe.

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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