TERREBONNE, OR -- A Virginia man was seriously hurt in a fall at Smith Rock, Sunday. Emergency crews responded to the southern-most portion of the State Park at about 4 p.m.
The Sheriff’s Office says 21-year-old Benjamin Schulman was visiting the park with friends when he decided to solo “free climb” a rock face not identified as a climbing route. He had no ropes or safety equipment, and was using just hand and foot-holds to ascend. Schulman fell about 100-feet to the ground, then rolled another 100-feet down a slope.
Rescue personnel used a rope system to get him to the trail. Schulman was then flown by AirLink to St. Charles Bend with life-threatening injuries and was later transferred to a Portland trauma center, where he remains in critical condition.
Updated 9:40 a.m. to reflect updated fall distance, from DCSO, and current condition.