Climber Survives Fall on Mount Hood

By Molly Maddock

Jun 21, 2012 8:28pm

Just a week after climber Mark Cartier, 56, fell 1,000 feet to his death, this morning another climber fell down an icy slope in the Hogsback area of Oregon’s Mount Hood.

Fortunately this time, the climber, identified by Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office as Gary Morgan, 52, survived.

Morgan fell 400 to 500 feet while climbing alone on the Hogsback area, ABC affiliate KATU reported – the same area Cartier had been climbing.  Several rescue groups immediately began efforts to reach and transport Morgan after Clackamas County 911 received a call just before 9:30 a.m.  Mr. Morgan suffered a serious injury to his hip and leg, Phillips said.

KATU reported two witnesses saw Morgan sliding down the mountain. “He fell right into this crevasse area…. He had no ice axe or crampons,” witness Mike Claypool told KATU.

“You could just see the horror in his face,” added Paul Christian.

Morgan was able to stop his descent when he hit ice on the opposite side of the crevasse.

Rescuers were able to reach Morgan and transport him down the mountain. He was taken to a hospital in late afternoon, KATU reports.

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