85° Good Evening
85° Good Evening

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.



We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.

News Photos and Videos