Climber airlifted off Mt. Hood dies

Mt. Hood climber dies after 1,000-foot fall

Mt. Hood climber dies after 1,000-foot fall

An eyewitness who saw a climber's fatal fall on Mount Hood says right before the man disappeared from view "he started cartwheeling".

"All told, seven climbers in two groups have been taken down or off the mountain", the Clackamas County Sheriff's office confirmed on Twitter Tuesday night.

The male climber was pronounced dead upon arrival at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center by helicopter.

A spokesman for Portland Mountain Rescue said conditions in the crater area are unsafe due to falling ice and rock.

Two climbers who were with the deceased climber recently returned to Timberline Lodge after being stranded at Hogsback.

The sheriff's office says rescuers were assisting four climbers to safety. So far three climbers have arrived safely.

Rescuers made it to the climbers around 4:40 p.m. PST at 10,500-feet and assessed their conditions before starting down the mountain. Rescuers used a sled and a rope system to bring down a woman in the party who said she was unable to move.

A mountain climber has died and several others had to be assisted down Oregon's Mount Hood Monday as wintry conditions bore down on the area. "It was like a bowling alley", Air Force Maj.

One person died after falling at least 700 feet from the Hogsback area Tuesday morning.

"As climbers arrive at Timberline and debrief, we now have a more complete picture of the situation and the number of individuals involved", the sheriff's office said in a tweet.

An Oregon Army National Guard crew aboard a Black Hawk helicopter flew the climber about 50 miles west to a Portland hospital, where he died just after 2 p.m. local time. Rescue efforts were continuing for other climbers on the mountain, which has a summit of 11,240 feet and is the state's highest peak.

The goal was to have both group of climbers off the mountain by 1 a.m. PT.

The peak is notorious for loose ice and rocks in warm weather, AP adds. Chris Bernard of the 304th Rescue Squadron.

Talley, who said he's climbed the mountain about 20 times and has never seen worse conditions, said he tried to reach the man, but the ice was too risky.

"It's going to get darker, it's going to get colder, it's going to get windier and the overall conditions will worsen at night", Jensen said. The group is stranded at a safe location, but they can not descend because the area is hazardous.

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