STEVENSON, Wash. -- A Vancouver woman fell Wednesday on Mount St. Helens and suffered unspecified injuries, with a friend building a snow cave to keep her warm until rescue crews arrived.
Alana McCammon, 28, fell near the Climber's Bivouac trailhead at the 7,000-foot level.
She made an abrupt stop after the fall, said Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox. Her climbing partner, 25-year-old Kyle Knight of Petersburg, Alaska, hiked out to a call box to notify dispatchers.
Rescue crews were called just before 9 p.m. and reached her within about two-and-a-half hours. She was airlifted from the site to the rescue command post at sunrise. She was taken by ambulance to Peace Health SW Medical Center.
Overnight temperatures at Climber’s Bivouac dropped to 14 degrees, said KGW meteorologist Nick Allard.