Injured Climber Rescued from Smith Rock

Date: 10/19/2014

Injured Climber Rescued from Smith Rock


Injured Climber Rescued from Smith Rock
Misery Ridge “Red Wall” climbing area
BY: Deputy Russell Stanage
Assistant SAR Coordinator


Injured Climber: 22 year old male, Theodore Wogan from Sherwood OR.

On 10/19/14, at about 17:10 hours, Deschutes County 911 dispatch received a call reporting that a rock climber (Wogan) had fallen approximately 20 feet and sustained potential serious injuries to his back and right shoulder.


A team of 4 volunteers from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR) responded to Smith Rock State Park and arrived at 1743 hours. SAR members were joined by several personnel from the Redmond Fire Department.


Upon arrival at the base of the Misery Ridge trail, SAR members from the Ground and Mountain Rescue teams packed climbing, medical and rescue equipment to the area and located Wogan about 1 mile down the Misery Ridge trail.

At about 1815 hours SAR members reached Wogan and evaluated him medically. Wogan was stabilized and secured in a wheeled litter and transported about a mile back to a Redmond Fire unit near the foot bridge.

At about 1902 hours Wogan was loaded into an ambulance and transported to Redmond St. Charles for treatment of his back and shoulder injuries.

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