Adding to a tremendously busy couple of weeks on Mt. Shasta, a man from Tacoma, Washington was rescued by helicopter this afternoon after slipping on an ice field and sliding down the mountain.

Oleg Maslov, who appears to be in his mid-20’s, was reportedly with several friends who are inexperienced climbers who had no climbing equipment and no helmets, said Susan Gravenkamp, spokesperson for the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department.

Maslov was wearing shorts and a t-shirt when he slipped in an ice field and slid down the mountain.  It is not known at this time how far he may have fallen, Gravenkamp said.

At around 11:10 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office received a call from another climbing party who came across Maslov and used his cell phone to call for help. The Redding CHP helicopter H-14 was called in, and at about 2:10 the helicopter crew was able to pick up Maslov in the Lake Helen area at an elevation of about 10,400 feet where the other climbing party was able to take him.

Mavlov was taken by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta for treatment of unknown injuries.  Visually, he suffered abrasions to his hands, arms, legs and back, said Gravenkamp.

This incident occurred after one of the busiest weekends on Mt. Shasta, when nine climbers were rescued from the slopes on June 12 and 13. Several others were hit by falling ice and were injured, though they were able to get off the mountain on their own.

On Saturday, June 19, a climber on the mountain’s north side fell while descending and slid over bergschrund on West Hotlum, according to the Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center’s advisory report.

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