BEND, OR -- A Portland man was rescued from South Sister, after he fell during a climb, Thursday afternoon. Deschutes County Search and Rescue (SAR) teams responded after 56-year-old Arthur Duncan reported he’d left the South Sister Climbers Trail and was stranded on a cliff, unable to go down, back up or to the side.
He called 911 just after 4 p.m. and deputies were able to pinpoint his location using cell phone data. They determined Duncan was at about 9800' elevation, just above the Lewis Glacier, and not prepared to stay overnight on the mountain. Two SAR members were flown to the summit by AirLink, while others hiked in from the Devils Lake Trailhead. The first rescueers reached the man at about 7:35 p.m.
Duncan told rescuers he slipped and tumbled 50'-100' before catching himself on a rock, which prevented him from going over the cliff. A National Guard Blackhawk helicopter arrived around 8:30 p.m. (pictured) and hoisted Duncan from the ledge. He was flown to the Mount Bachelor West Village.
Duncan declined medical treatment.