Topic: Mount Hood
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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 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 28, 2013 at 6:05 PM
PORTLAND — Crew members aboard an Oregon National Guard helicopter spotted rope and a spike while searching for a climber who has been missing on Mount Hood since last weekend.
It’s unknown if the items belong to Kinley Adams, but they are the first potential clues rescuers have found in their six-day search.
The avalanche risk from warm temperatures prevented ground searchers from investigating further Friday. They plan to return to the site when it’s colder, at 2 a.m.
The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office says the items were found off the route Adams was expected to take.
Adams, a 59-year-old Salem dentist, is an experienced climber. He was reported missing last Saturday night.
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.
December 24, 2012 at 5:07 PM
The Associated Press
PORTLAND, Ore. – Rescue teams have found 3 snowshoers who got lost on a weekend camping trip near Mount Hood. The trio was reported in good health, having made it through two nights under the leadership of a mountaineer.
The three set out Saturday on snowshoes and called 911 on Sunday to report they were lost. Although the cellphone connection was sketchy, they said they had food and sleeping bags, said Detective Matt English of the Hood River County sheriff’s office.
There was no contact after that until searchers found them Monday.
The Oregonian identified them as Mark Kelsey, 62, a veteran mountain guide and outdoor survival instructor, Margarita Estrada, 49, and Debra Shindler, 58. Estrada’s son, Andy Ozeroff, 18, told the paper, he started contacting families of the other hikers when they didn’t return Sunday afternoon as planned. The trio was celebrating Estrada’s birthday.
When family members reported the party overdue, they learned the hikers had already called for help.
“We definitely would have been more concerned if the women weren’t in the hands of my dad,” said Alex Kelsey, 18.
Kelsey is a veteran mountaineer, associates said.
“He continues to guide and teach survival techniques,” said Rocky Henderson, team leader with Portland Mountain Rescue. “He is of the utmost competence.”
December 24, 2012 at 10:23 AM
The Associated Press
UPDATE: 10:20 a.m. | PORTLAND — Oregon authorities say rescue teams are getting ready to bring out three people who got lost on a winter camping trip near Mount Hood.
A spokesman for the Hood River County sheriff’s office east of Portland says rescuers out Monday morning made contract with the three, who appeared to be in good health.
Detective Matt English says the three set out Saturday on snowshoes and called 911 on Sunday to report they were lost. The sheriff’s office says they reported having food and sleeping bags.
The sheriff’s office says one member of the party was reported to have what it called “extensive training and outdoor experience.”
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.
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