Spokesman

A Redmond hiker was flown to a hospital after being rescued June 25 on a South Sister climbing trail, according to a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Blake Ettestad, 31, was reported fallen at 9:57 a.m. on a steep, icy trail, 4.5 miles from the Devil’s Lake Trailhead, officials said.

He had suffered an injury that was not life-threatening but kept him from continuing after losing control and falling and slipping into a tree, officials said. A small group of friends with Ettestad stabilized him the best they could in the area at 8,100-feet elevation, officials said.

Two deputies and 10 search and rescue volunteers responded, with four of the volunteers arriving on a medical helicopter that landed at 7,550 feet, the closest landing area available, officials said.

The four volunteers climbed the trail and reached Ettestad at 1:17 p.m., officials said. The volunteers further stabilized Ettestad and transported him on a rescue sled to the helicopter. The helicopters flew Ettestad to St. Charles Bend, despite concerns of thunderstorms in the area, officials said.

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