Climber dies, others rescued on US peak

One climber has died and others have spent hours stranded on Oregon’s tallest peak.A climber has fallen to his death and others have had to be rescued after conditions turned treacherous on Oregon’s tallest peak.

At least seven people had been climbing near Mount Hood’s peak when man fell more than 300m, the Clackamas County sheriff’s office says.

“One of the guys slipped,” said climber Quinn Talley, who had been descending after reaching the summit on Tuesday morning.

“At first he was just sliding and right before he disappeared, he started cartwheeling.”

Talley, who said he has climbed the mountain about 20 times and has never seen worse conditions, said he tried to reach the man but the ice was too dangerous.

KOIN-TV reported that video taken from a helicopter showed other climbers performing CPR on the man before he was flown by a National Guard helicopter to a Portland hospital, where he was declared dead.

Two groups of climbers spent much of the day stranded high on the slopes but slowly made their way down the 3353m mountain, The Oregonian newspaper reported.

A group of four people, which included a climber who had been hurt and was having difficulty walking, were assisted by rescuers.

A group of three other people descended on their own.

Mount Hood, a peak notorious for loose ice and rocks in warm weather, is a popular climbing site that has seen dozens of accidents and fatalities.

The sun has been out this week and the temperature was near freezing at the spot where the climber fell, said Russell Gubele of Mountain Wave Search and Rescue.

“This is the kind of weather conditions and the time of year where you often get falling ice, falling rocks and problems,” Gubele said.