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Smith Rock climber hurt in 20-foot fall, rescued

Deputy says she had too much slack in belay line

TERREBONNE, Ore. - A Portland woman climbing at Smith Rock State Park on Sunday fell about 20 feet and was injured, prompting a rescue operation, Deschutes County sheriff's deputies said.

County 911 dispatchers received a report just after noon about the fall in the area of Cocaine Gully near Morning Glory Wall, said Deputy Jim Whitcomb, assistant coordinator for Sheriff's Search and Rescue.

DCSO SAR and Redmond Fire and Rescue personnel were sent to the scene, with eight SAR members and a deputy there to assist the Redmond agency, Whitcomb said.

They learned that Alison Stengrim, 31, of Portland, had sustained an injury requiring a wheeled litter transport down a steep trail leading down from the gully.

Whitcomb said they learned Stengrim had been climbing with a belay line, but when she lost her hold, there was too much slack in the line, causing her to hit the ground before the belay could stop her fall.

Stengrim was brought by wheeled litter to the footbridge crossing. From there, a Redmond Fire vehicle took her to the main parking lot, Whitcomb said. Stengrim was released around 2:15 p.m. to seek her own medical attention, the deputy said.


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