Bulletin Staff Report

A Redmond man was rescued after falling and injuring himself on an icy portion of the South Sister climbing trail Tuesday morning.

Blake Ettestad, 31, was hiking with a group of friends when he slipped on a steep section of trail at about 8,100 feet and slid into a tree. Ettestad’s friends stabilized him and called 911 at about 10 a.m., according to a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office press release.

Life Flight flew four search and rescue volunteers to a landing area at about 7,550 feet, and they skinned up to Ettestad’s position, arriving shortly after 1 p.m. Ettestad was taken by rescue sled to the landing area, from which he was flown to the hospital. His injuries were not life-threatening, according to the sheriff’s office.

At 10,358 feet, South Sister is Oregon’s third-highest mountain.

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