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66-year-old Idaho climber killed in 400-foot fall on Mount Hood

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Ward Maxfield (Photo: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office via KPTV/Portland)

Ward Maxfield (Photo: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office via KPTV/Portland)

Ward Maxfield (Photo: Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office via KPTV/Portland)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a 66-year-old man from Idaho has died in a 400-foot fall on Mount Hood.

The Clackamas County sheriff’s office has identified him as Ward Milo Maxfield of Paul, Idaho.

The sheriff’s office said Thursday he was with a party of three other people, including a 17-year-old grandson.

Climbers said Maxfield was on the south side of the mountain, using a popular route to the summit, when he fell from a spot at about 10,000 feet.

Mount Hood is about 50 miles east of Portland and is Oregon’s tallest peak. The summit at 11,240 feet attracts thousands of climbers, many of whom make the ascent in the spring.

 

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