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NORTH SISTER, OR -- Deschutes County Search and Rescue Mountain Rescue teams, along with two helicopters, worked in wind and darkness Friday to reach an injured Salem climber on North Sister. Sgt. Ronny Dozier says 45-year-old Gordon Kenyon fell while climbing the 10,085-foot peak.

 

He tells KBND Kenyon was able to stop his fall with an ax and held in place until rescuers arrived. "With the assistance of Air Link helicopters [rescuers] were taken up to a saddle between the Middle Sister and the North Sister and dropped off. They hiked up as close as they could to Mr. Kenyon's location."
 
Dozier says Kenyon stayed in contact with his rescuers by text message. He was taken to St. Charles Bend for further medical attention. 

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