A man injured himself when he struck himself in the leg with a machete while hiking in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness Area north west of Camp Sherman on Saturday evening.

The 28-year-old hiker called 911 at about 7:08 p.m. The man was traveling with a companion and his fellow hiker immediately wrapped the wound and they began hiking out, but were a couple miles from the trailhead.

Jefferson County Deputies and search and rescue (SAR) personnel from the Camp Sherman Hasty Team responded to the scene along with medics from the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Department, an OSP Trooper, and a Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer.

The man walked as far as he could and met the first arriving units on the trail who provided advanced medical care. A wheeled litter was hiked in and the man was transported to a waiting ambulance at the trailhead. He transported about a half mile by ground ambulance to a waiting Air Life Helicopter who transported him to St. Charles Bend at about 10:15 p.m.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office thanked all those involved with the rescue and reminded the public that SAR assets are stressed during the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

“We ask people to please be extra cautious during this time and to choose where they go wisely,” the department stated in a release.