Climber rescued at Smith Rock

Published May 13, 2013 at 05:00AM

A rescue effort occurred Saturday after a Bend woman fell about 30 feet while climbing at Smith Rock State Park and became stranded with her climbing partner on a ledge about 300 feet off the ground and 200 feet from the top of a rock face, according to Deschutes County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Winters.

Kathy Pawelski, 34, received non-life-threatening injuries in the fall. Her climbing partner, 29-year-old Ryan Orr, also from Bend, was uninjured.

Three deputies and 15 search-and-rescue volunteers responded to the 5:15 p.m. call placed by Orr from the “Wherever I May Roam” climbing area. Two rescuers climbed to the top of the rock face above the stranded climbers and rappelled down to their location, according to Winters. The other 13 rescuers, along with several members of the Redmond Fire Department, hiked to the base of the rock face with additional equipment.

Pawelski was secured to one of the search-and-rescue volunteers who then did a vertical rappel about 300 feet to the other waiting rescuers. She was then lowered in a wheeled litter approximately 200 feet down a sloped trail.

Pawelski was transported via ambulance to St. Charles Redmond where she was listed in fair condition Sunday evening.

— Bulletin staff report

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