Climber in hospital after Mt Adams midnight rescue
Sunday, August 14, 2011
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- A climber injured in a 100-foot fall on Mount Adams is in the hospital following a midnight rescue on the mountain.
The Yakima County Sheriff's Office says it got a call at 6:30 p.m. Saturday that that 50-year-old from Eatonville had fallen into a boulder field while descending the 12,276-foot peak. He suffered a broken scapula, broken right arm, injured knee and a possible head injury.
Other climbers and wilderness rangers moved him out of the boulder field, at about the 7,000-foot level on the southern climbing route, and awaited rescuers, who arrived just before midnight. A helicopter arrived about an hour later and flew him to Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver.
Twenty volunteers took part in the rescue.