Search for overdue climber on Mount Hood
Monday, February 6, 2012
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- With daylight Tuesday, the search continues for a Tigard man overdue from a climb on Mount Hood.
The Clackamas County sheriff's office says 32-year-old Jared Townsley left Timberline Lodge at midnight Sunday and was expected to return before noon Monday. He's described as an experienced climber who has climbed Mount Hood more than a dozen times.
Sgt. James Rhodes told The Oregonian deputies are trying to ping his cell phone to determine his location. Overnight temperatures were in the 20s with 40 mph wind gusts at the 7,000-foot level.
Other climbers say they saw Townsley descending about 8:30 a.m. Monday at Crater Rock, below the summit. Deputy Nate Thompson told KGW the people who saw him made it back down, so there's concern Townsley may have fallen or got lost.