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Crews rescue injured climbers who fell on Mount Hood

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MOUNT HOOD, OR (KPTV) -

Search and rescue crews responded to Mount Hood on Thursday morning after receiving reports of two injured climbers.

The climbers called 911 at 9 a.m. after falling in an area above Hogsback in the south climbing chute at about 10,500 feet.

A Clackamas County Sheriff's Office spokesman said both climbers were conscious and alert.

A reach and treat team from AMR located the climbers at 1:30 p.m. and began the process of walking them back down the mountain. The climbers were able to walk on their own power, according to deputies.

Portland Mountain Rescue members were working their way up to the climbers to assist in bringing them down to Timberline Lodge. Once at the lodge, the climbers were taken to the hospital to be evaluated. 

Deputies said Patrick Lueb, 49, of Arlington, Virginia, sustained facial lacerations and injured ribs. Mark Gerschoffer, 52, of El Cajon, California, was not badly hurt. 

Mountain Wave Search & Rescue provided communications support at the scene. 

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