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New snow preventing search for 2 Ore. climbers

An Oregon National Guard Blackhawk helicopter flies over

An Oregon National Guard Blackhawk helicopter flies over cloud-shrouded Mount Hood as the search for two missing climbers continues as seen from Timberline Lodge in Government Camp, Ore. (Dec. 14, 2009). Photo Credit: AP

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. - Authorities say whiteout conditions on Oregon’s Mount Hood will prevent mountaineers or aircraft from searching for two climbers who have been missing on the state’s tallest mountain since the weekend.

A winter storm Tuesday is expected to dump at least a foot of snow on the slopes where 24-year-old Anthony Vietti of Longview, Wash., and 29-year-old Katie Nolan of Portland, went for a climb on Friday with 26-year-old Luke Gullberg of Des Moines, Wash.

Searchers found Gullberg’s body Saturday. An autopsy showed he
suffered minor injuries in a fall and died of hypothermia.

Bad weather has hampered the search for the two climbers from
the start, with overnight snowfall repeatedly raising the risks of
an avalanche.


 

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