3 Climbers Who Fell On Mt. Hood Found Alive

Sunday, February 18th 2007, 6:17 pm
By: News On 6

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Rescuers have located three climbers who fell from a ledge on Oregon's Mount Hood Sunday. But rescue efforts are being hampered by blinding snow and wind.

Rescuers are trying to rappel 150 feet to reach the climbers. Officials have been in sporadic cell phone contact with the three, and believe they are in decent condition.

A spokesman for the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says one of the climbers is believed to be fine, and the other two may have suffered concussions.

The three were part of a group of eight. The other five are fine.

The climbing mishap occurred at about the 83-hundred-foot level on the mountain, which is about 60 miles east of Portland.

In the past 25 years, more than 35 climbers have died on Mount Hood, one of the most frequently climbed mountains in the world.