A climber planned on ending his life atop 11,240′ Mt. Hood on Friday afternoon, July 13th, 2018.
His plan was to commit suicide on the summit, but once on the summit, he changed his mind – possibly with the help of 6 nearby climbers.
“The Clackamas County Sheriff notified us that [the climber] had gone to the summit of Mount Hood because he was going to end his life up there, and then he changed his mind.” – Scott Lucas with the Oregon Office of Emergency Management
A powerful Chinook helicopter was called in to rescue 7 people off the mountain yesterday afternoon after the climber changed his mind. The rescue occurred at 2:30pm yesterday.
The other six climbers had no injuries nor problems. They stayed with the distressed, suicidal man until help arrived and rode the helicopter down with rescuers as well.