Teen falls 500 feet down Oregon mountain, escapes with broken leg
A 16-year-old Canadian boy tumbled 500 feet down a snowy Oregon mountain Monday and escaped with just a broken femur.
Gurbaz Singh, a Vancouver native, was leading a group of friends on a trek up Mount Hood near Portland when he slipped on the ice, according to the Clackamas Sheriff’s Office.
Unable to break his fall, Gurbaz fell hundreds of feet down the mountain from the Pearly Gates down to the unfortunately named Devil’s Kitchen.
About four hours after the fall, rescuers reached Gurbaz and were able to stabilize his leg and begin the trek down the mountain to safety.
“He thought he was going to stop somewhere, and he was trying to arrest the fall with his ax, but it just didn’t happen because he was rolling so fast that he couldn’t do it,” Gurbaz’s father, Rishamdeep Singh, told KATU. “He’s OK with that; he’s not thinking much of it. He’s talking to family and friends. He’s in good spirits.”
Singh said that not only does his son plan to continue hiking, but even intends to go back to Mount Hood once he’s healed.