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A mountain rescue crew in bright clothing lowers a colleague using a rope, against a snowy backdrop on Mount Hood.

Jan Maas (left) and Edward Page of Portland Mountain Rescue lower a colleague into a fumarole on Mount Hood on May 21, 2017, so the colleague can perform a test.

The call came in at about 10:30 in the morning: An employee at the Bonneville Fish Hatchery in the Columbia River Gorge had spotted a plume of smoke coming from the cliffs at Munra Point. It wasn’t a forest fire – it looked more like a smoke signal.

Soon, a team of nearly two dozen search and rescue volunteers and coordinators had arrived, loading their packs with ropes, medical supplies, food and extra clothes. Crews determined that the smoke signal was coming from a man who was stuck on the cliffs, and it looked like he might be in rough shape.

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