Entries in Mount Hood (2)


Missing Oregon Hiker Found Alive on Mount Hood

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- The Oregon National Guard found a missing hiker on Saturday morning after days of searching.

The hiker, 23-year-old Mary Owen, had been missing since last Sunday when a Black Hawk helicopter from the Oregon National Guard did a flyover of the Sandy Glacier area Saturday morning. During the flyover, Owen was spotted and recovered.

Owen was transported to a local hospital where she was determined to have suffered frostbite and a possible fractured ankle.

Owen, was last heard from last Sunday when she told a friend that she was preparing to climb Mount Hood. The police were alerted that Owen was missing on Thursday by the same friend, according to the Oregonian.

Authorities located Owen's vehicle on Thursday night in a parking lot at Timberline Lodge. Concerns mounted as authorities were unable to determine what hiking equipment Owen had with her.

Owen was located a significant distance from her vehicle, but not too far from the trail, according to Deputy Marcus Mendoza of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the Oregonian Owen is an experienced hiker who had completed the Pacific Crest Trail -- which ranges from Mexico to Canada -- during a nine month adventure.

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Climber Survives Fall on Oregon's Mount Hood

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- Just a week after climber Mark Cartier, 56, fell 1,000 feet to his death, another climber has fallen down an icy slope in the Hogsback area of Oregon’s Mount Hood.

Fortunately this time, the climber, identified by Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office as Gary Morgan, 52, survived.

Morgan fell 400 to 500 feet while climbing alone on the Hogsback area Thursday morning, ABC News affiliate KATU reported -- the same area Cartier had been climbing.  Several rescue groups immediately began efforts to reach and transport Morgan after Clackamas County dispatchers received a 911 call just before 9:30 a.m.  

Morgan suffered a serious injury to his hip and leg, Sgt. Adam Phillips with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said.

KATU reported two witnesses saw Morgan sliding down the mountain.

“He fell right into this crevasse area…. He had no ice axe or crampons,” witness Mike Claypool told KATU.

“You could just see the horror in his face,” added witness Paul Christian.

Morgan was able to stop his descent when he hit ice on the opposite side of the crevasse.  Rescuers were able to reach him and transport him down the mountain. 

He was taken to a hospital in the late afternoon, KATU reports.

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