Injured Climber Rescued from Smith Rock

REDMOND, Ore. – Deschutes County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of an injured climber at Smith Rock State Park, Saturday.

Around 5: 15 p.m., deputies say they received a call from Ryan Orr, 29, of Bend, saying that his climbing partner Kathy Pawelski, 34, of Bend, sustained injuries after falling in the Wherever I May Roam climbing area.

Orr said that Pawelski had fallen about 30 feet while repelling down the rock face. He said they were stuck on a narrow ledge about 300 feet from the ground.

Sheriff’s Deputies, volunteers from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR) and the Redmond Fire Department responded to Smith Rock State Park to rescue Pawelski.

Two SAR members climbed to the top of the rock face and repelled down to the climbers’ location. Pawelski was secured to one of the SAR members who rappelled vertically to the rock base. She was transported by a wheeled litter down a 50-degree slope and then on a rubber raft across the Crooked River.

Pawelski was taken by ambulance to the St. Charles Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

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