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Rescued on Mount Hood

An Oregon Army National Guard helicopter airlifted a critically injured climber off the state's tallest peak as tumbling rocks imperiled a separate group of stranded climbers.

Authorities said the injured climber fell up to 1,000 feet (304 metres) on a sunny, relatively warm day that melted snow and made climbing treacherous.

KOIN-TV reported that video taken from a helicopter showed other climbers performing CPR on the injured man, whose name has not been released.

Separately, a party of four climbers is stranded and one of them is hurt, said Sgt. Brian Jensen, a sheriff's office spokesman. Other climbers were on the mountain Tuesday afternoon, but it's unknown if they are in trouble.

Jensen said it's imperative to get the stranded climbers off the mountain because a winter storm is expected early Wednesday.

The stuck climbers were on the Hogsback area near the summit of the 11,240-foot (3,429-metre) mountain east of Portland.

Air Force Maj. Chris Bernard of the 304th Rescue Squadron said climbers reported from their cellphones that conditions were deteriorating, with rocks and ice falling.

"The quote was it was 'like a bowling alley,'" he said.

Wyatt Peck, 26, said he started to go up the mountain Tuesday, but turned around. He said the conditions were so treacherous that he and a friend could not get their pickaxes and crampons into the snow that was melting from a hard freeze overnight.



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