Tualatin climber rescued after Mount Hood fall

Tualatin climber rescued after Mount Hood fall »Play Video
(Photo: Stephen Mayer, KATU News)

MOUNT HOOD, Ore. – A climber who slipped on ice and slid hundreds of feet down Mount Hood on Saturday morning was rescued and taken by helicopter to a Portland hospital.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office identified the climber as James Michael Adams, 59, of Tualatin.

Several people reported the fall near Crater Rock and the Hogsback area at around 8:45 a.m.

Witnesses told the sheriff’s office Adams was able to communicate with them, but he was unable to climb out on his own.

Other climbers, including a medical doctor, reached Adams, the sheriff’s office said.

A National Guard helicopter was called to the scene and airlifted Adams to the hospital.

The sheriff's office said Adams appeared to have a fractured leg, possible fractured ribs and other minor injuries.