Climber hurt on Mt. Hood now in good condition

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Climber hurt on Mt. Hood now in good condition

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on May 1, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 3:33 AM

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. - A climber who broke his leg after falling between 100 and 200 feet on a steep section of Mt. Hood Wednesday morning was upgraded to good condition, hospital officials said Friday.

Robert Finke, 52, of Gladstone fell at about 9:30 a.m. on a steep, technical section of the climbing route called the Hogsback, above the 10,000-foot level of Mt. Hood.  Finke was part of a climbing party of three.

A physician’s assistant with Portland Mountain Rescue who happened to also be climbing on the mountain reached Finke and helped stabilize his injuries.

Rescuers headed up from Timberline Lodge and were expecting to bring Finke back down to the lodge some time after 6 p.m. 

He was taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition Thursday.

Other climbers were helping Finke until he could be safely taken down the mountain.

May is a popular time of year to climb Mt. Hood, bu it can also be hazardous, according to Eric Broms with Portland Mountain Rescue. 

"More people, more ice fall and rockfall and just hazardous conditions as you get the melt/freeze conditions going," said Broms.  

KGW Reporter Pat Dooris contributed to this report

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