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Accidents and Rescues, Backcountry, News

3 Deaths on Mt. Hood in 3 Weeks, 2 of them in Heather Canyon

Two snowboarders and a backcountry skier died on Mount Hood in February, including two deaths in Heather Canyon following a wild stretch of weather that created particularly hazardous...

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Accidents and Rescues, Backcountry, News

An Existential Threat to Mount Hood’s Volunteer Rescue Experts

The backcountry skier who fell to his death on Mount Hood February 25th was alive when two climbers found him near Illumination Saddle and called for help. That phone call set into motion...

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Accidents and Rescues

How to Find Your Lost Ski with a Metal Detector

As soon as I saw my ski sliding away from me I knew it was not going to stop....

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Accidents and Rescues

Crag Rats Celebrate 90 Years of Volunteer Rescues

Fog hung low in the Hood River Valley on a late October day. The changing leaves of oaks and maples threw bright splotches of red and orange on the wet fall canvass of the Mount Hood...

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Accidents and Rescues

Yes, You Can Fall of a Chairlift, and Yes, It Would Be Bad

Did you hear about the young child who fell off the lift on Mount Hood Saturday?...

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Missing (and later Found) Climber on Mount Hood Got Lost Descending the South Side

UPDATE: Rescue teams have found and saved 51-year-old Christian Houck of Seattle, who got disoriented while dropping down from above Palmer on the south side of Mount Hood and failed to...

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Black Hawk Air-Lift Rescue on the Summit Ridge of Mount Hood

Rescue teams helped a National Guard helicopter squad hoist a woman with a broken leg to safety from 11,000 feet on Mount Hood Sunday....

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Accidents and Rescues

These on-the-scene photos by Joe Poulton offer some insight into the June 4 climbing death of Ward Maxfield on Mount Hood

Climber, skier and photographer Joe Poulton was up doing search and rescue training on Mount Hood June 4, when his team got the call that a climber had fallen....

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Accidents and Rescues

66-Year-Old Idaho Man dies in a climbing accident on Mount Hood

66-year-old Ward Milo Maxfield of Paul, Idaho died on Mount Hood Thursday, June 4 after sliding several hundred feet and landing in the Hot Rocks, a fumarole zone near the Hogsback area at...

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Accidents and Rescues

“He was sandwiched between the snow and the rock, down about 15 feet inside this hole.” – A first-hand account of a wild double-rescue day on Mount Hood

Erik Broms was climbing down from the summit of Mount Hood Saturday morning when two climbers roped together came plummeting down the mountain, right at him....

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