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GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. -- A climber survived a fall of about 800 feet Tuesday afternoon on Mount Hood.

John R. Andrews, 62, was airlifted to Legacy Emanuel hospital in Portland with serious injuries. More than a dozen rescuers responded to the incident, according to Steve Rollins of Portland Mountain Rescue.

Andrews reportedly fell in an area known as the Hogsback, according to Deputy Marcus Mendoza of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

Andrews' climbing partner, Ron Fridell, called 911 on his cell phone.

He's conscious, he's really beat up, Fridell told dispatchers. I'm trying to keep him warm.

Fridell told dispatchers it appeared that his friend might have a fractured rib and an injured or broken leg.

Fridell said it took a couple hours for crews to arrive, which is relatively fast for a mountain rescue.

It got windy and cold and he was shivering really bad, but hopefully he is fine, Fridell told KGW.

Paramedics said Andrews suffered serious injuries, but was conscious and alert when they took him to the hospital. He was released from the hospital Friday.

Others on the mountain said the climbing conditions were good Tuesday, with temperatures in the mid-20s.

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