HOOD RIVER, Ore. (KPTV) — Iain Moses, 27, was climbing the summit of Mount Hood alone on Saturday morning when his gear began to fail. Unable to descend the mountain, he called for help.
The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office received a report of the Eugene man in distress around 9:50 a.m.
A search and rescue coordinator from the sheriff’s office activated the Crag Rats Mountain Rescue Team, which had a patrol on the South Rise of Mount Hood. Two Crag Rats rescue climbers, Dr. Christopher Van Tilburg and Leif Bergstrom, were climbing Mount Hood along with two other Hood River Ski climbers. The group was on the snowy Hogsback Ridge, just below the summit, when the legend came out.
“Fortuitously, we were near the top and prepared for a rescue,” Tilburg said.
Portland Mountain Rescue also had two teams ready on the mountain, one of which was also on the Hogsback.
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Crag Rats climbed to the top and located Moses, then met with Portland Mountain Rescue crews. Both teams helped Moses with food and water, then descended on Timberline Lodge at 3:30 p.m. Moses was unhurt and in good shape.
Mount Hood is one of the most popular climbs in the world, but can be challenging. Bergstrom advises inexperienced people to go with a professional mountain guide.
“It’s important to have mountaineering boots, crampons and an ice ax and know how to use them,” Bergstrom said.
Crag Rats and Portland Mountain Rescue are members of the Mountain Rescue Association and specialize in high mountain crevasse, avalanche and cliff rescue.
The mission follows an already busy winter for the Hood River Sheriff’s Office and search and rescue teams, which also includes the Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue Team.
Search teams like Crag Rats, Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue and Portland Mountain Rescue depend on donations to help provide volunteer mountain rescue services.
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