LAKE OSWEGO, Ore.—
Edward Trompke, a Mount Hood climber, was rescued Wednesday afternoon after sliding 200 feet. Trompke does not regret trekking the mountain.
“If you experience the exciting things in life, these things can happen,” Trompke said. The 62-year-old Lake Oswego attorney is suffering from a broken shoulder after the accident during the climb with his son. The two began their hike near midnight, Tuesday. Early Wednesday one of their crampons broke and Trompke began to slide.
“I took my ice axe out to slow me down, but then I hit a bump, went flying in the air and was turned around so I was sliding head-first,” he said.
During the fall, he hit large ice blocks, breaking his shoulder in several places.
“When you are doing these things, you have to be careful and a little bit lucky,” he said. “Sometimes even if you are careful, you aren’t lucky.”
After the slide, Trompke called Clackamas County’s Sheriff’s Office for help. In the meantime, two other climbers who had seen Trompke and his son climbed up to help. The climbers helped Trompke walk down and taught his son how to belay him.
The four then met rescuers who took Trompke down in a sked device.
“I’m very impressed by the rescuers,” Trompke said. “I’m grateful.”