PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Rescue crews found and helped an experienced climber who said he made a rookie mistake on Mount Hood Friday.
Asitsinh Rathod, a 43-year-old climber out of Portland, spent quite a few hours on the mountain Friday before being successfully rescued. He left Timberline at 5 a.m. to what he called ‘clear and starry’ skies. But around 9 a.m., the weather began to dramatically change.
He thought he could escape it in time, but wasn’t able to. He hunkered down, called 911 and crews with Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office and Portland Mountain Rescue were able to pick up his location.
It’s a good thing he stopped: he was just 40 feet from a 250-foot drop near the area of Mississippi Head.
Crews reached him at around 4:30 p.m. More than 3 hours later he was down at Timberline in good spirits and uninjured.
Rathod said he’s climbed Mount Hood more than 200 times and is quite experienced. He said he made a “rookie mistake” coming down, and got turned around. He added he feels very badly for putting the rescuers in the path of danger.
He said he was looking forward to getting home to his dog and having a good dinner.