Injured Mt. Hood climber rescued after fall

Hiker rescued
An injured hiker is taken off Mount Hood Wednesday, May 1, 2013, after a fall from the mountain's Hogsback area. (Dean Barron, KOIN 6 News)

MOUNT HOOD, Ore. (KOIN) — Rescuers have rescued a Gladstone man who stumbled and fell as far as 200 feet while climbing on Mount Hood Wednesday morning.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office identified the climber as Robert Finke. He’s 52 years old.

The fall, over a crest of the Hogsback area, happened sometime before 9:45 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office. He fell from the top of an area known as the Mazama shoot, said Erik Broms with Portland Mountain Rescue.

Others with Finke thought he may have sustained a broken leg. His injury was later diagnosed as a compound tib/fib fracture.

As of 1:30 p.m., Finke was said to be in stable condition, waiting for crews to reach him and transport him off the mountain. Rescue crews planned to ski him down the mountain on a toboggan.

He landed basically down in the crater,” Broms told KOIN 6 News, “and that’s where we went, and set up a raising system and lowering system, [to get] him into a Cascade toboggan.”

By around 6:30 p.m. Finke had been taken down to Timberline Lodge.

Meanwhile, a member of Portland Mountain Rescue (PMR) who happened to be in climbing in the area at the time of the fall was waiting with Finke.

Teams with Clackamas County Search and Rescue, American Medical Response Reach and Treat, PMR and Mountain Wave Emergency Community Communications took part in the operation.

“The important thing is we’re getting to the climbing season, and [there are] a lot of people up here with various experience levels,” Broms warned. “It’s just good to be safe and take the right equipment. Know the conditions, know the route, have a back-up plan.

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