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T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 13, 2018 - 04:08pm PT
Injured climber and 2 stranded groups.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/rescuers-scrambling-reach-climbers-stranded-mt-hood/story?id=53057576
Risk

Mountain climber
Formerly TMJesse
Feb 13, 2018 - 04:28pm PT
Another version of events:

http://www.theolympian.com/news/nation-world/article199897284.html
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 13, 2018 - 05:26pm PT
They should make you post a bond to climb it in winter.
WBraun

climber
Feb 13, 2018 - 05:32pm PT
Mt Hood is only a couple a hundred feet higher than Mammoth Mt. ski area.

What's the problem there?

Mt Hood would be considered a bunny hill in mountaineering circles eh?
Winemaker

Sport climber
Yakima, WA
Feb 13, 2018 - 05:47pm PT
Sorta depends on which side you're climbing.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 13, 2018 - 05:48pm PT
Werner, you haven’t seen my pic of a guy taking his Golden Retriever up it?

Wino, we’re not talkin’ Yokum Ridge, ya know.
WBraun

climber
Feb 13, 2018 - 05:57pm PT
Just think if Mt Hood was outside of Los Angelas how many rescues there would be a year.

300 or more?
mynameismud

climber
backseat
Feb 13, 2018 - 06:23pm PT
Washington State weather is much different than California State. Snoqualmie pass is 3,000 feet. That is lower than the Valley and about the same as parts of the Santa Cruz range. And yet Snoqualmie pass can get serious weather. It is difficult to compare Wa and Ca weather from altitude alone.
ground_up

Trad climber
mt. hood /baja
Feb 13, 2018 - 06:33pm PT
Oh Boy ... I live here and work on the mountain.

Absolutely should have an insurance or pay for your Fr%$^king
rescue.

You can leave the parking lot and be near the top in say 4-5
hours. It is too easy for any gaper with hubris and an axe
to blast up there. But when the shiit hits the fan you are
hosed.

You would not believe the resources and money these
rescues take. To the tune of $ 20-30,000 a day plus all the
volunteer rescuers , you know the guy with the Suzuki Samurai
with twenty antenaes and SEARCH AND RESCUE all over it.

These idiots DO NOT , look at the f'n weather report , plan
accordingly or just plain do not have the judgement or experience.

I have been on Hood with calm clear weather and three hours later
it's sustained 80-90 mph winds gusting to 128 mph. " You might as
well be in Alaska when it gets bad "

One quick story. May 2011 Missing " climber " full on SAR called out
Vehicles , radios , NEWS people. Volly SAR .. everybody !
It was a $ 20,000 day worth of resources spent.... Found Dude sitting
on a rock , mumbling with his bible.

There needs to be a pay for yer' own rescue or have insurance.
Granted there are experienced climbers that fall or otherwise
need rescue but if you look case by case they are 98% dumbass
bad judgement cuz they didn't take Ma' Hood seriously.

The lightest most important thing you can carry.

I mean no disrespect to anyone injured , hate to see it.
Paul S

Mountain climber
Portland, Or
Feb 13, 2018 - 07:35pm PT
Ground up,

The weather was fine - more than enough time to complete the climb.

Roots

Mountain climber
Redmond, Oregon
Feb 14, 2018 - 08:08am PT
Join the AAC...
Winter

climber
Feb 14, 2018 - 08:11am PT
Ground Up - You come across as the idiot. Just saying.
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Feb 14, 2018 - 08:13am PT
Leave em up there, sink or swim. Harden the f*#k up people!

DMT
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Feb 14, 2018 - 10:33am PT
What's the problem there?

The problem is accessibility. 99% of the folks can get up and down it fine unless something goes sideways and then 99% of them are utterly clueless about how to cope.



Roots

Mountain climber
Redmond, Oregon
Feb 14, 2018 - 01:46pm PT
Healyje - nice pic! Makes me want to drive up there and climb...a different route.
aspendougy

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Feb 14, 2018 - 02:02pm PT
Mt. hood does indeed have treacherous weather. In mid-May 1986 a private school group got caught in a bad spring storm hiking up there. I believe nine people died.
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Feb 14, 2018 - 03:13pm PT
ground up, When SAR folks get burned out and lose their compassion they should hang it up and get into a different occupation.
xCon

Social climber
909
Feb 14, 2018 - 03:24pm PT
whats with that horde of noob's you seen whenever SAR is out officially practicing?

cuz from watching them all I can think is I hope my friend find me before they do...

are those fundraising events where your letting the donors play with the gear?

not the guys you send out on the real thing...
Lorenzo

Trad climber
Portland Oregon
Feb 14, 2018 - 04:56pm PT
The problem is accessibility. 99% of the folks can get up and down it fine unless something goes sideways and then 99% of them are utterly clueless about how to cope.

see:

Everest and The Nose.
Ballo

Trad climber
Feb 14, 2018 - 06:08pm PT
Mt Hood is only a couple a hundred feet higher than Mammoth Mt. ski area.

What's the problem there?

I'm not sure you can compare the two. If it dumps on Hood, it's heavy and wet plus you can get utterly blinded/turned around and cliffed out. Multiple times experienced mountaineers get f*#ked on Hood.

It doesn't help that it's a cake walk when the weather is nice so people think no big deal. A woman did it once in heels.

One quick story. May 2011 Missing " climber " full on SAR called out
Vehicles , radios , NEWS people. Volly SAR .. everybody !
It was a $ 20,000 day worth of resources spent.... Found Dude sitting
on a rock , mumbling with his bible.

Did he actually need a rescue? Not sure I would appreciate a rescue if I didn't need one, and then lose my rescue deposit everyone here is clamoring for.
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