By GILLIAN FLACCUS
GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. (AP) — The man who fell 1,000 feet to his death Tuesday while summiting Mount Hood has been identified as Miha Sumi, 35, of Portland.
Sheriff’s officials on Wednesday said Sumi and his group had “mid-level experience” and were properly equipped with ice axes, crampons and helmets.
Other climbers not in Sumi’s party reached him and found him bleeding from the ears with fading vital signs. They performed CPR for 90 minutes before a helicopter could airlift Sumi off the 11,240-foot dormant volcano.
Three other climbers were stranded high on Hood’s icy slopes Tuesday as a storm approached.
Compounding the difficulty of the rescue was the fact that for at least several hours, officials weren’t sure exactly how many people remained on Mount Hood. At one point, they said they could be looking for anywhere between seven and 15 people.
Unlike on some other iconic peaks in the West, there is no registration requirement to scale Mount Hood and no one monitors the skill level or preparedness of those attempting an ascent. There is also no limit on how many can summit the peak each day.
That no-permit system and the peak’s proximity to a major city can combine for a chaotic climbing environment on a mountain that seems accessible but is also home to 11 active glaciers and deep crevasses and prone to avalanches and weather that can change in minutes.
It takes only 90 minutes to drive from Portland to Timberline Lodge, where climbers can park in a lot that’s only 5,000 feet below the summit. Someone in good shape who is properly prepared can easily complete the climb in a day and be back in Portland for dinner.
“There’s no minimum qualification to do it,” said Sgt. Brian Jensen, spokesman for the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Department. “There’s a …read more
Source:: The Mercury News