Search continues for missing Mt. Hood hiker
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is continued search and rescue efforts for missing climber Kinley Adams on Mt. Hood on Tuesday.
Adams, a 59-year-old Salem resident, has been missing since June 23 when he went to Mt. Hood and attempted to climb the Leuthold Coulour.
According to the sheriff's office, Mountain Rescue resources departed the command post at approximately 5:00 a.m. by snow cat in effort to reach Crater Rock and the Reid Headwall while there is a small break in the weather. Search teams have been asked to do a safety assessment and will be searching in the area if it is safe.
A second group of climbers was set to depart around 8:00 a.m. and will be searching in lower elevations. Volunteers from Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue will be climbing upwards from the area of Ramona Falls towards the Reid Glacier with a spotting scope in hopes of locating Adams at lower elevations or through the spotting scope.
The sheriff's office says optimism remains high that Mr. Adams is still alive and just in need of assistance.
In addition to the sheriff's office, the following groups are assisting in the search: Seattle Mountain Rescue, Corvallis Mountain Rescue, Portland Mountain Rescue, Hood River Crag Rats, Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue, 304th Air Force Reserve, and Mt. Wave Communications.
Crews faced adverse weather conditions during Monday's search, including rain, wind, cold temperatures, low visibility and snow. They were unable to go above the 9000 ft level due to near white out conditions.