Deceased climber identified as Miha Sumi of Portland
After a day of treacherous conditions and a massive search-and-rescue mission to assist injured climbers on Mount Hood on Tuesday, Feb. 13, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office has identified the deceased climber rescued as Miha Sumi, a 35-year-old Portland resident .
Sumi was airlifted to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in North Portland after sustaining severe injuries in a 700-foot fall on the Hogsback portion on Mount Hood's south face and pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. Sumi was climbing the mountain in a group of four, with the remaining climbers later rescued by volunteer searchers.
According to the sheriff's office on Feb. 14, Sumi's injuries included "bruising around the ears, significant bleeding, loss of sensation and fading vital signs."
Deputies were alerted to the incident Tuesday morning around 10:30 a.m. by Sumi's fellow climber, 36-year-old Chatchay Thongthap.
Sheriff's office Search and Rescue coordinators were quickly deployed to Mount Hood, setting up a media camp in the Timberline Lodge parking lot above Government Camp.
After the fall, a lone climber unrelated to Sumi's group was able to reach Sumi and administer CPR until the helicopter arrived. As the day progressed deputies were made aware of other climbers on Hogsback who were stranded and in need of rescue.
Around 2 p.m., rescuers with the AMR Reach and Treat group reached the remaining climbers of Sumi's group, who had sheltered in place. They learned that Dan Parks, an additional climber not with that group, had sustained minor injuries but was mobile.
Among the group, 32-year-old Kimberley Anderson of Beaverton, according to rescuers' reports, became unable to move and had to later be secured to a sled and transported down the mountain. The rest of the group was safely led down to Timberline Lodge and arrived by 6:40 p.m. The group aiding Anderson arrived 30 minutes later, barely missing impending winter weather, which hit the mountain communities later that night.
The five climbers rescued were Sumi, Thongthap, Parks, Kimberley Anderson and Matt Zovrtink.
"Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Miha Sumi," Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said in a release. "Thanks to all the search groups for their tremendous work on this complex search-and-rescue mission. Every SAR mission is a team effort requiring help and careful coordination from teams of dedicated first-response partners and volunteers."
Volunteer search groups that responded included Portland Mountain Rescue (PMR), American Medical Response's Reach & Treat (RAT) Team, the 304th Air Rescue Squad, the Hood River Crag Rats, Mountain Wave Search and Rescue, Oregon Emergency Management and U.S. Navy personnel at Whidbey Island in Washington also assisted.