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Climber falls, 7 stranded on Oregon mountain

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(KGW) PORTLAND, Ore. - A rescue helicopter reached a group of climbers on Mt. Hood Tuesday afternoon, hours after one fell several hundred feet and was injured.

Scott Lucas of the Office of Emergency Management said as many as 32 climbers may be stranded on the mountain due to deteriorating conditions. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said later that there were not 32 stranded climbers. Officials estimated the number at around 15 climbers.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says crews are dealing with two separate rescue operations on Oregon's Mount Hood.
    
In one, a climber fell several hundred feet from a spot near the summit of Oregon's tallest mountain. Other climbers are providing aid as rescuers try to reach the scene.
    
Separately, a party of four climbers is stranded and one of them is injured.
    
The sheriff's office says rescuers are working "feverishly" to reach the climbers.

The injured climber's party is stranded in the Hogsback area, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. That's at an elevation of approximately 10,500 feet.

A Black Hawk helicopter crew arrived from Salem and reached the group around 1 p.m. A paramedic was lowered to the mountain, and loaded the injured climber into a secure stretcher. The climber was lifted into the helicopter at 1:35 p.m. and flown to a Portland hospital.

Another group of climbers is also stranded nearby, with one person injured, and crews are working to reach both parties.

OEM officials confirmed that the climber who fell was on the way up to the summit, without using ropes, and fell 700-1,000 feet. Three other members of that party performed CPR until the helicopter arrived.

Steve Rollins of Portland Mountain Rescue says Hogsback is the most popular climbing route on the mountain.

“Hogsback is a steep spine that goes from the crater of the volcano up toward the summit, approximately 800 feet in length,” Rollins said.

KGW's Rod Hill said the winds were calm at the mountain Tuesday morning. The freezing level was at about 9,000 feet.

Rollins said a fallen climber is not an uncommon occurrence this time of year.

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12:10 p.m.
    

Officials say one person fell Tuesday on Oregon's Mount Hood and seven people are stranded.
    
Russell Gubele of Mountain Wave Search and Rescue said Tuesday that he is unable to release information about the climber's condition. He says it's unclear how far the climber fell, with reports varying from several hundred feet to 1,000 feet (304 meters).
    
The climbers were on the Hogsback area near the summit of the 11,240-foot (3.4 kilometers) mountain about 60 miles (97 kilometers) east of Portland.
    
Mount Hood is Oregon's tallest peak and attracts more than 10,000 climbers a year. The peak is notorious for loose rocks in warm weather, and the sun has been out this week.
    
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11:35 a.m.
    
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.
    
No other details were immediately available.
    
Mount Hood is Oregon's tallest peak and attracts more than 10,000 climbers a year. The peak is notorious for loose rocks in warm weather, and the sun has been out this week.

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