The Hot Rocks fumarole is near the Hogsback and Crater Rock.

The Hot Rocks fumarole is near the Hogsback and Crater Rock on Mount Hood.


Climbers rescued on Mount Hood

Two climbers were rescued on Mount Hood after falling several hundred feet Sunday, authorities say.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said Michelle Malik, a 33-year-old Forest Grove resident, was brought down the mountain and taken to a hospital. Her husband, 30-year-old Travis Malik, made it down the mountain under his own power.

Neither suffered life-threatening injuries.

The climbers were ascending the peak, Oregon’s tallest, while roped together, according to Portland Mountain Rescue. They were not placing anchors to hold a fall, according to the rescue group, and were wearing traction devices called microspikes instead of crampons.

Crampons are generally considered standard equipment for Mount Hood summit attempts.

Portland Mountain Rescue said one of the climbers lost their footing while high on the mountain and fell, causing both of the climbers to fall 700 feet.

The couple came to rest at about 10,000 feet near the Hot Rocks fumarole, authorities said.

The sheriff’s office was notified of the fall at 9:42 a.m., and the first team of rescuers reached the Maliks and the climbers who were helping them shortly after 1 p.m.

Rescuers stabilized Michelle Malik and started toward Timberline Lodge, according to the sheriff’s office. Travis Malik descended under his own power and helped his wife, alongside rescuers, the agency said.

The group met paramedics at Timberline Lodge about 6 p.m. Michelle Malik was taken to a hospital.

The standard Mount Hood climbing season has passed, and authorities on Monday advised against attempting to summit the mountain at this point.

The mountain “is unpredictable this time of year due to snow melt, ice fall and rock fall dangers,” according to the sheriff’s office.

—The Oregonian

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