PORTLAND — After days of waiting on standby, an Oregon National Guard helicopter has joined the search for a climber missing on Mount Hood.
The helicopter lifted off late Thursday afternoon as clouds finally gave way to sun.
The climber, 59-year-old Kinley Adams, has been missing since Saturday.
Rescuers believe the Salem dentist is on the upper part of the mountain, but they had been unable to search that area because of poor visibility, storms and avalanche danger.
The improving weather also allowed ground crews to start checking higher elevations.