Climber with broken leg rescued from Mount Hood after fall

Climber with broken leg rescued from Mount Hood after fall

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. - A 52-year-old climber who fell over the crest of Hogsback on Mount Hood was rescued from the mountain early Wednesday evening.

Robert Finke of Gladstone, fell approximately 100 to 200 feet and broke one of his legs.

A Portland Mountain Rescue member happened to be climbing in the same area and was able to help the fallen climber. Finke's condition was described as stable.

AMR's Reach and Treat (RAT) Team worked most of the day to bring him down the mountain.

At about 6 p.m. rescuers loaded Finke into a snow cat at the top of Palmer lift. It took about 45 minutes to drive him from there to Timberline Lodge. From there he was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Mount Hood's 11,240-foot peak is Oregon's highest point. Thousands of people climb it each year, mostly in spring and summer.

File photo of Mt. Hood's Bergschrund crevasse with Hogsback below. Photo courtesy Jack Mulder.