MOUNT HOOD, Ore. – Search and rescue teams rescued a 43-year-old climber who was stranded in white-out conditions on Mt. Hood Friday.
The sheriff's office identified the climber as Asitsinh Rathod of Portland.
"The plan was to summit and go have a nice ski," Rathod told KGW. "I went against my better judgment and just kept going."
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office tweeted that Rathod was in good health when rescuers arrived. It took rescue teams several hours to bring Rathod down to Timberline Lodge.
"We got some snow shoes on him, got some hots in him, gave him hot chocolate. Everyone likes that," said Mark Moreford of Portland Mountain Rescue.
Rathod said he left Timberline Lodge at 5 a.m. and was at the top of the Mississippi Head, according to Sgt. Dan Kraus with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. He had a cellphone, an avalanche beacon and was well-prepared.
Rathod called for help just after 9 a.m., Kraus said. He remained in place until teams found him.
"I stopped. I had no visibility at all at that point and I knew I had to call for help," Rathod said. "You know, it sucked to be there but I knew it's time to ask for help."
Clackamas County Search and Rescue and Portland Mountain Rescue were both involved in the rescue effort. Crews left Timberline Lodge at 12:45 p.m. and their progress was slow due to the challenging conditions, Kraus said.
"We were putting a probe out in front of us," Moreford said. "Not to really probe the snow but so we could see something in front of us."
Rathod said he did pushups to keep warm until rescuers arrived. He had made several hundred prior climbs and confessed about his judgment Friday.
"Holy cow, what am I going to tell my family and friends. Now I'm that guy, the guy I told myself I would never be," he said. "I made a lot of mistakes that I tell people not to make so shame on me and hopefully people can learn from my mistake today."