Oregon Climber Falls at Least 500 Feet, Survives

Michael Adams broke 14 bones
By Newsy, a Newser Video Partner
Posted May 27, 2014 9:57 AM CDT

(Newser) – A climber is lucky to be alive after falling hundreds of feet down a hole on Oregon's Mount Hood. Reports estimate 59-year-old Michael Adams fell 500 feet to 1,500 feet down a fumarole, a large hole emitting steam, sulfur, and other gases from the dormant volcano. One of Adams' friends says their group was on its way down the mountain a little before 9am Saturday near the volcano's Hogsback area, and "the next thing the other guy says is he heard ice crackling and he looked and saw Mike trying to stop for rest and nothing but ice shards breaking off as he shot past him." Nearby climbers watched in horror as Adams hurtled past them into the hole. Fortunately for Adams, rescue crews were training for falls just like his nearby.

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