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Injured Mt. Hood climber rescued, loaded in ambulance

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Search and rescue crews saved an injured climber on Mount Hood.

The climber fell over the crest of Hogsback and tumbled about 100 to 200 feet Wednesday. He is believed to have suffered a broken leg.

Emergency dispatchers first got word of the fall at 9:47 a.m., and Clackamas County sheriff's deputies launched a rescue operation.

Air 12 flew to Mount Hood and showed a team taking care of the climber, covering him with a thermal blanket and working to bring him down off the mountain.

At 1:30 p.m., deputies identified the climber as Robert Finke, 52, of Gladstone. He was accompanied by a member of Portland Mountain Rescue, who happened to be climbing in the same area.

They were also joined by a member of Timberline's Ski Patrol and emergency workers.

By 7 p.m., he was loaded into an ambulance and taken away. Friends at the scene did not comment, other than to say he is an experienced climber who has reached the mountain's summit before.

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