A Tualatin man is recovering after a life-threatening fall while climbing Mt Hood early Saturday.
59 year old Michael Adams of Tualatin was climbing an area of Mt Hood known as Hogsback when he slipped on the ice in front of several other climbers, including Lorraine Heckenberg.
“He slid a good 400-500 feet and basically got sucked into a cave like a drain almost. It was very horrifying to watch.”
Luckily, Portland Mountain Rescue teams were nearby and mobilized quickly. They reached Adams nearly 100 feet into a crevasse.
“He was very banged up with what we considered to be very serious injuries to the point where we felt very seriously that we needed to get a helicopter in here and take him to a hospital as soon as possible”, one rescuer said.
A National Guard helicopter airlifted Adams to a Portland area hospital, where he remains in serious condition.