An Oregon Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter and a medevac crew rescued a climber who had fallen nearly 200 feet near Villard Glacier Tuesday night.
The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office said they received a call Tuesday afternoon from the wife of a climber whose companion, 46-year-old Linh Pham, had fallen during a climb.
Personnel from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team were dispatched to assist in the rescue of Pham. The rescue was further assisted by a total of eight volunteer SAR members along with one USFS Law Enforcement Officer.
One SAR team of three members was deployed to the area to begin a search of the climber's location beginning at the Pole Creek Trail Head west of Sisters. A second SAR team of three was staged at the trail head.
Based on the pending darkness and the difficulty in extracting an injured climber from that location, the Oregon Army National Guard was also contacted to assist.
An Oregon Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter arrived at the location at about 11:30 p.m. Pham was successfully hoisted from the location and transported to St Charles Hospital in Bend, where he received treatment for his injuries.
Pham's climbing companion, 54-year-old John Dunsmoor, remained at the scene and advised rescue personnel that he would remain at the camp until the Wednesday morning, at which time an SAR team would assist him in packing out the extra gear left behind.
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