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Authorities searching for fallen Mt. Hood climber

Hood River County Sheriff’s Office spent Tuesday looking for a man who was believed to have fallen about 1,000 feet while climbing Mt. Hood.

HRCSO reported the man may have been located in a crack on the upper northwest portion of Eliot Glacier on the north face of Mt. Hood at an elevation of over 10,000 feet. As of press time, the condition of the man is unknown.

A call came over police scanners at approximately 8:15 a.m. Tuesday of the fallen climber, reported by another climber on Mount Hood that claimed to have seen the fall occur. Sheriff Matt English said it was unknown how many people were in the fallen man’s climbing party, but he believed it to be a small group. Initial reports indicate the climber who fell may have been alone at the time of the fall.

A fixed-wing aircraft from the Sheriff’s Office conducted an air search and took photos of the area where the man was believed to have fallen. The photos were then to be provided to the Crag Rats, a local volunteer mountain rescue group, to assess the feasibility of accessing the fall site.

English also reported that a “military helicopter” from the Oregon National Guard in Salem was en route to Mount Hood to lend assistance.

Look for a follow-up story in the Saturday, May 17, edition of the News.

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