Ore. Mount Hood climber hit by ice, falls 300 feet
Thursday, June 9, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A woman climbing on Mount Hood suffered some cuts to her head and face and injured her back when she was struck by a large chunk of ice and fell 300 feet before stopping.
KGW-TV reports the woman was with a group of about 12 climbers in the Hogsback area when she was hurt Thursday morning. Others said the ice chunk was 20 to 40 feet wide.
Other climbers say they got hit by snow and ice, and some fell about the same distance.
Rescuers were bringing down the injured 30-year-old woman, who was not identified.
The Hogsback is a long and narrow knife-edge ridge beginning at about 10,000 feet, an area that often requires crampons and is considered the more technical section of the mountain's most popular climbing route.
Information from: KGW-TV, http://www.kgw.com/