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Eugene Man Rescued After Fall on North Sister

SISTERS, OR -- A 21-year-old Eugene man was rescued from North Sister, Monday, after he was hurt in a fall. Robert Kalmbach called 911 at about 10:20 a.m. to report he was injured and needed help. He and a friend planned to summit the mountain, then ski back to the Pole Creek Trailhead. But, about 200' from the summit, Kalmbach slid part way down the east slope and was unable to continue. 

Deschutes County Dispatch established his location, through his 911 call, placing him about 5.5 miles from the trailhead. AirLink flew Search and Rescue volunteers to about 800' below his location, five other SAR volunteers responded to the Pole Creek Trailhead. While two SAR personnel made their way up the slope, AirLink picked up two more from the trailhead and flew them in. The four - a combination of Mountain Rescue and Medical Team members - arrived at Kalmbach's location at about 1:45 p.m.


Kalmbach was stabilized, packaged into a rescue sled and lowered down the slope to the helicopter, then taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. SAR then assisted his friend, 21-year-old Michael Martin, back to the Pole Creek Trailhead.

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