Tualatin man in fair condition after Mt. Hood fall

Tualatin man in fair condition after Mt. Hood fall

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by Sara Roth, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on May 27, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 27 at 1:24 PM

MT. HOOD, Ore. – A climber who fell into a cavern on Mount Hood Saturday morning, was listed in fair condition Monday afternoon.

Michael Adams, 59, of Tualatin fell on the south side of Mount Hood near the Hogsback area around 8:45 a.m., according to Deputy Marcus Mendoza with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. 

"Other climbers who were on the mountain at the time were able to reach the injured man's location," Mendoza said. 

Loraine Heckenberg, a fellow climber, saw Adams fall and called 911.

"He slid a good 400-500 feet and went into the runout that is a fumarole cave," Heckenberg said. "It was terrifying to watch."

Adams was able to talk but was unable to move, according to Steve Rollins with Portland Mountain Rescue.

Rollins said the fumarole Adams fell into is where steam and sulfer vent from the volcano. The fumarole's gasses can be life-threatening, Rollins said. 

Rescue crews reached the climber around noon and extracted Adams. A helicopter took him to Legacy Emanuel Hospital Saturday afternoon.

"He was very banged up," said rescue team leader Scott Norton. "We felt very seriously that we needed to get a helicopter in to take him to the hospital as soon as possible."

Adams appeared to have a fractured leg, possible rib fractures and other minor injuries, Mendoza said. 

KGW Reporter Art Edwards contributed to this report. 

 

 

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