Weather Too Powerful for Searchers on Mt. Hood
What searchers are up against
By Jeremy Scott@JScottKXL
Snowcat leaving Timberline
For the third day in a row, searchers looking for a missing climber on Mount Hood have been called off the mountain because of the conditions. They hope for a break in the weather tomorrow morning to resume the search.
59-year-old Kinley Adams of Salem, a dentist by day and violinist by night is also an experienced climber who has helped look for other missing people as part of the ski patrol at Hoodoo.
He was training for a mountaineering trip to Nepal and left on Saturday intending to scale the Leuthold Couloir route on the west slope of the peak. Family reported Adams missing when he didn't come back.
"His boys are here and it's very hard to sit and wait. We just ask for a lot of prayer. Just please keep good thoughts," said his sister and dental assistant Cherie Goetz.
His car was found in the parking lot at Timberline Lodge and he had registered his route. Adams left his emergency locator beacon at home. Authorities have not been able to ping his cell phone.
Searchers made another attempt today. A snowcat headed to Crater Rock with a crew of eight on board. A second team searched the lower elevations before they were all called back to base around noon.
White out conditions on Sunday and Monday also scaled back efforts. Optimism remains high that Adams will be found alive and that he just needs help to make it out.