Oregon

Climber Took Western Route Before Fall On Mt. Hood

OPB | July 1, 2013 midnight | Updated: July 2, 2013 2:04 p.m.

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A climber who died on Mt. Hood was found far from the route he intended to take to the summit. Portland Mountain Rescue says Kinley Adams ended up on the dangerous western face of the mountain.

A helicopter team searches Yocum Ridge and the Sandy Glacier Headwall for a missing climber.

A helicopter team searches Yocum Ridge and the Sandy Glacier Headwall for a missing climber.

Amelia Templeton / OPB

When Kinley Adams signed the climbing register, he said he was following the Leuthold Couloir route. The 59-year-old climber and dentist had attempted the route before but not completed it.

Mark Morford is with Portland Mountain Rescue. He believes Kinley instead crossed a ridge and ended up in the cliffs above a face called the Sandy headwall.

Morford said, “He certainly had gotten off route. I doubt he was in an area he intended to be in. And either fell, or rock fall took him down.”

Kinley’s body is was taken to the medical examiner in Clackamas County. Portland Mountain rescue says the tragedy serves as reminder to climbers to respect Mt. Hood and know their route well.

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