PMR Continues Search for 3 Missing Climbers on Mt Hood
Tuesday, December 12, 2006

PMR had 13 searchers in the field and one advisor in the Government Camp search base Tuesday for the ongoing search for 3 missing climbers on Mt. Hood . Ten searchers, working in 3 teams, searched the South side of Mt. Hood. Two of these teams spent the day searching areas around Sand and Zig Zag Canyons, near and below timberline. One team encountered snowshoe tracks near Sand Canyon. Knowing that the missing climbers had rented snowshoes for their climb, the PMR teams carefully checked the tracks and concluded that they were made by people on a snowshoe trip out of the Timberline Lodge area.
 
One South side team headed up the mountain from Timberline Lodge to search the upper portions of the South side climbing route. This team encountered severe conditions at El. 8500' and took refuge in the top station of the Palmer ski lift to wait for the weather to improve. After waiting a couple of hours with no improvement in the weather, the team descended to help search areas in and around Sand Canyon.
 
A team of 3 PMR members who helped search the North side of Mt. Hood on Monday spent Monday night at Cloud Cap in at El. 6000' below Cooper Spur. They were scheduled to join the South side search on Tuesday morning but found themselves without transportation down from Cloud Cap. So they spent today searching additional areas on the North side of the mountain.
 
Looking at Cooper Spur
Approaching Cooper Spur / Newton Clark in severe winds
© Iain Morris (Portland Mountain Rescue)
 
Weather forecasters predict increasingly severe weather on the mountain for the next few days. The Clackamas and Hood River County Sheriff's offices will be meeting early this evening to coordinate plans for future searching. When these plans are finalized, we will notify PMR members of any requests for our services via the normal callout system. 

 

Hood from Cloud Cap
The north face of Mt. Hood from Cloud Cap
© Iain Morris (Portland Mountain Rescue)