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August 13, 2013 at 12:41 PM
PORTLAND (AP) — Crews on Tuesday found the body of a Polish military man on Oregon’s Mount Hood, authorities said.
The body of Sebastian Kinasiewicz was spotted from the air Tuesday by a National Guard helicopter. Sgt. Pete Hughes of the Hood River County sheriff’s office said it was too dangerous to recover the body because boulders were falling nearby.
“He probably fell a little over a thousand feet down from the summit,” Hughes said.
Kinasiewicz, 32, had been in the United States for drone training at the Insitu company in Bingen, Wash.
The novice climber used an off day to go up the mountain Sunday, and was reported missing by a roommate the next morning. Crews found his vehicle at a trailhead, but a daylong search of two routes that start at that point failed to find him.
“Our thoughts are with Sebastian’s family at this difficult time,” company spokeswoman Jill Vacek said in a statement released before the body was found.
Thousands of people climb the 11,239-foot peak each year, mostly in the spring. Summer climbing is more dangerous because warmer temperatures melt the ice and loosen rocks.
A snowboarder from Colorado died on the mountain earlier this month when an ice tunnel collapsed. In July, searchers found the body of a Salem, Ore., dentist who suffered a fatal fall during a solo climb.
July 29, 2013 at 12:51 PM
The Wenatchee World
LEAVENWORTH — A winch-capable helicopter from Snohomish County was expected to rescue an injured climber on Mount Stuart today.
The man, whose name and hometown were not available, fell late Sunday night and may have broken both arms and legs, said John Wisemore, undersheriff for the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office.
The man’s partner hiked out and reported the fall about 4:30 a.m. today.
More details were not immediately available.
July 1, 2013 at 9:38 AM
PORTLAND (AP) — Authorities have identified a body brought down from Mount Hood as that of a missing climber who was preparing for a climb in Nepal.
Kinley Adams, of Salem, was a 59-year-old dentist and experienced climber who had been missing since June 22. It’s not yet known what went wrong on his climb.
The Clackamas County medical examiner is to conduct an initial examination Monday. The sheriff’s office says results may not be available for a few days.
Oregon Army National Guard helicopter crews spotted the body Saturday at about 8,400 feet near the top of Sandy Glacier.
The sheriff’s office says a “very difficult and technical mission” on the part of search and rescue teams ended about 6 p.m. Sunday when the body was brought down.
June 26, 2013 at 7:49 AM
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The family of a climber lost since Saturday on Mount Hood is holding out hope he’ll be found alive.
The search continues for Kinley Adams, a 59-year-old dentist from Salem. But searchers were frustrated Monday and Tuesday by white-out conditions. They’re hoping for clearing weather. A National Guard helicopter is on standby.
Adams’ wife, Lorraine, and two sons went to the mountain Tuesday. They told reporters they’r optimistic Adams is alive in a snow cave.|
Most climbers summit the mountain about 50 miles east of Portland in the spring. Climbing the 11,239-foot mountain becomes riskier as warming temperatures melt ice and loosen rocks
June 24, 2013 at 12:18 PM
PORTLAND (AP) — The search for an Oregon climber missing on Mount Hood resumed Monday amid poor visibility that limited the scope of the effort.
Kinley Adams, a 59-year-old Salem dentist, was reported missing by family Saturday night, roughly six hours after his expected return from a climb on the west side of the mountain. The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office found his vehicle at Timberline Lodge.
Steve Rollins, spokesman for Portland Mountain Rescue, said conditions Monday likely will keep searchers tethered to the lower elevation of the mountain, near timberline. Though frustrating not to go higher, he said it’s a search area that could bear fruit.
“If a climber gets lost, they often wander down into the woods,” he said.
Described as an experienced climber, Adams indicated he would take the Leuthold Couloir route to the summit. Crews searched that area Sunday, but found no trace of him as they struggled against white-out conditions. The skies are not expected to clear until Thursday.
It’s easy to miss Leuthold and get into steeper gullies, Rollins said. Moreover, the ice that holds Mount Hood’s notoriously crumbly rock is melting.
“It’s maybe getting a little bit late in the season,” Rollins said.
“Everyone’s focus is on bringing him home as soon as possible,” Kelli Watcherson, the office manager at Adams’ dental practice, said in a brief phone interview Monday.
Besides Portland Mountain Rescue, volunteers from Mountain Wave Communications, American Medical Response Reach and Treat Team and Hood River Crag Rats are taking part in the search coordinated by the sheriff’s office.
Mount Hood, the tallest mountain in Oregon, is a popular climbing site that has seen dozens of accidents and fatalities over the years. Thousands climb the 11,239-foot peak each year, mostly in the spring.
January 14, 2013 at 11:39 AM
An Edmonds man was killed in a 150-foot fall from a rock cliff in Grant County Sunday.
Grant County Coroner Craig Morrison identified the victim Monday as Robert Andrew Prosser, 60.
Morrison said Prosser and a companion had come to a canyon about nine miles north of Coulee City to do ice-climbing on sheer canyon walls that are popular with climbers from around the state.
Morrison said it was not clear whether Prosser was on an icy surface when he fell shortly after 1 p.m. He died at the scene from head and chest injuries, the coroner said.
June 14, 2012 at 9:14 PM
An experienced climber fell 1,000 feet to his death on Mount Hood today, The Oregonian reports.
Mark Cartier, 56, was one of 15 climbers who had registered at Timberline Lodge to solo climb overnight.
Several other climbers saw him fall and called for help at around 5:20 a.m., the newspaper says.
May 23, 2012 at 10:45 AM
A former Central Washington University professor is among some 200 climbers now attempting to climb the world’s highest peak, but the weather, especially high and incredibly cold winds, have trapped or stopped many climbers in their push to the top.
That many climbers on 29,035 foot high Mount Everest is apparently causing traffic jams and hazardous conditions. Four climbers have died on the mountain, apparently from exhaustion and altitude sickness. Two climbers remain missing.
Jon Kedrowski, 33, who taught at Central Washington University for two years before leaving to pursue more climbing adventures, has helped in four rescue attempts of climbers in trouble, according to a story in the Yakima Herald Republic.
Kedrowski, however, is not deterred.
The Yakima paper quotes dispatches posted on Kredowski’s blog by a friend, Chris Tomer, a Denver meteorologist.
”In spite of what has happened, Jon is ready to make a 2nd summit attempt … heading back into the ‘Death Zone’ (above 26,000 ft).”
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