PORTLAND — Searchers say they have recovered the body of a climber who fell from a mountain this week.
Benjamin Newkirk’s body was discovered Sunday, after a multi-day search complicated by extreme weather. The 39-year-old from Bend was on Middle Sister, a 10,052-foot volcanic peak in central Oregon’s Three Sisters Wilderness, with another climber Wednesday night when he fell about 900 feet off the mountain’s southeast ridge.
Heavy snows made the threat of avalanche a danger for searchers.
The search team Sunday included 15 volunteers from Eugene Mountain Rescue and Corvallis Mountain Rescue. Once they found the body, they used ropes to recover it and bring it six-tenths of a mile to a spot where it could be transported to the medical examiner’s office in Eugene.
Newkirk is reported to have been an experienced climber.