Weather clears, but still no sightings

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: SGT. BETTY BOYCE, OREGON MILITARY DEPARTMENT PUBLIC AFFAIRS - Chief Warrant Officer 2, Jonathan Adams, with C. Co. 7-158 Aviation, Oregon Army National Guard, assists in the search for a missing hiker on Mt. Hood, June 28. Kinley Adams, a 59-year-old Salem, Ore., dentist who was supposed to return from his climb last Saturday, June 22, at 3 p.m., was on the mountain preparing for an upcoming expedition in Nepal and is missing. The Oregon Army National Guard aviators are working with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to provide search and rescue support. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office began a search effort for a Salem area climber on Mount Hood Saturday, June 22, after family members reported he had not returned. He was supposed to have returned by 3 p.m.

The search has continued throughout the week without success or the report of finding any of Kinley Adams' gear. The 52-year-old man was hiking to the summit as a way of training for an even higher climb planned in the near future in Nepal.

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - This photo is of Kinley Adams in the clothing he was llikely wearing during his climb.Sheriff’s officers found his vehicle in the parking lot at Timberline Lodge. He had registered in the climbing log there, where he noted he would be climbing the Leuthold Couloir route. As of Friday afternoon, searchers with Portland Mountain Rescue (PMR) were able to summit the mountain via the Leuthold Couloir route but did not locate any evidence of the overdue climber.

“It has been typical Mount Hood weather up there,” said PMR spokesman Mark Morford. “But this guy is reported to be an experienced climber, so he could be holed up and survive up there for quite a while.”

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