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300 Foot Fall On Hood South Climbing Route

July 24 2004 at 8:45 AM
roger  (Login dipper)

Response to July 2004 Accidents/Rescues


It took most of the day Friday to rescue a 20-year-old man who had fallen about 300 feet during his descent of Mount Hood.
Zach Usadi-Henrickson was descending the mountain on the well-used south climbing route at about 10,500 feet with two climbing partners when he fell, said Sgt. Nick Watt of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.
"We heard him yelling, and we saw him sliding over the rocks," said Robert Chambers, 45, of Doylestown, Pa., who was descending the mountain with his brother. "There were a lot of rocks . . . and that hurts."
Chambers said he watched as Usadi-Henrickson was able to use an ice ax to stop his slide. He came to rest at the base of Crater Rock, about 200 feet west of the Hogsback, and was suffering from leg lacerations and possible back and neck injuries, officials said. He was taken to Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center in Gresham for treatment.
Steve Rollins of Portland Mountain Rescue was in the Timberline Lodge parking lot when Usadi-Henrickson fell. He was the first to reach the fallen climber.
Watt said that Usadi-Henrickson was climbing with two other men and that none of them had signed the climbing register at the Timberline Day Lodge before beginning their ascent of the 11,240-foot mountain.
Jeff Jaqua of the U.S. Forest Service said that signing the climbing registry is voluntary but that filling out a wilderness permit when heading into the Mount Hood Wilderness is mandatory. He said that it appears the men did not get the required permit and that they could face a fine as a result.

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