Rescues like this are a weekly occurrence here. The climber had a sleeping bag and tent and stayed safely in place, overnight. At 1 am the next morning, SAR volunteers sent a first team up to make initial contact and begin rescue preparation, and then sent a 2nd team at 6 am as a contingency if they were unable to do a helicopter airlift and would need to take the patient out via ground over a 9 mile distance. Very impressive.

A climber from New York apparently triggered a small avalanche that sent him tumbling down the north side of South Sister on Saturday, prompting a lengthy rescue effort that ended late Sunday morning, when he was hoisted aboard an Oregon Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter and flown to St. Charles Bend.

Source: South Sister climber injured in fall, hoisted aboard National Guard helicopter after overnight rescue effort – KTVZ

By EdwardM

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