PORTLAND — Poor visibility and avalanche danger limited the search Wednesday for a climber missing on Mount Hood.
Kinley Adams, 59, of Salem, Ore., has been missing since Saturday. Since then, search and rescue crews have been persistently thwarted by white-out conditions; skies were not expected to clear until today.
Fog delayed the start of Wednesday’s search until late morning. Dangerous conditions kept crews searching canyons near the timberline, away from the higher elevations where they believe Adams is likely to be found. An Oregon National Guard helicopter was on standby.
Adams, a dentist, is an experienced climber who has scaled numerous peaks since the 1970s. His family and search crews said that gives them hope he is alive in a snow cave, waiting for help.
“He knows how to survive,” Adams’ wife, Lorraine, told reporters earlier this week. Lorraine Adams and her two sons went to the mountain Tuesday.
Most climbers summit the mountain about 50 miles east of Portland in the spring. Climbing the 11,239-foot Mount Hood becomes riskier as warming temperatures melt ice and loosen rocks.