Search continues for missing climber

Posted: June 25, 2013 by kirisyko in Climbing, Rock Climbing
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Lorraine Adams knows her husband.

She knows how carefully he prepares for hikes and climbs. She knows his technical abilities and his knowledge of the outdoors.

And she knows he can take care of himself.

For those reasons, she waits, anxiously but hopefully, for Kinley Adams to be found on Mount Hood.

“Provided he is not badly hurt, he has the skills to take care of himself,” Lorraine Adams said Monday afternoon. “It’s just a matter of what happened, and that can’t be controlled.”

Kinley Adams, 59, of Salem was expected to return from his climb Saturday afternoon. When he didn’t, family members called authorities.

Search crews found Adams’ unoccupied vehicle in the parking lot of Timberline Lodge.

He had registered to climb the Leuthold Couloir route. Whiteout weather conditions, including rain, wind, low temperatures, low visibility and snow, forced crews to put their search on hold Monday afternoon. They plan to resume early this morning.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office reported that search teams were unable to go above 9,000 feet and will continue at lower elevations. A National Guard helicopter also is on standby.

Lorraine Adams said she feels more at ease because of the heavy search-and-rescue efforts.

“We’re just amazed at all the folks that are working toward getting him back,” she said.

Kinley Adams has a dentist office in Salem and is involved in Salem Pops Orchestra. He is a first violinist and former president of the board of directors.

Pops Orchestra member Hale Thornburgh, who succeeded Adams as president, has known him for more than 30 years.

He was dumbfounded when he heard the missing Mount Hood climber was Adams.

“He’s an accomplished musician and a thoroughly accomplished climber,” Thornburgh said. “He has climbed Mount McKinley, all Oregon peaks, Yosemite, major ascents in Yosemite Valley and throughout the Western United States.”

Thornburgh said Adams is safety conscious and would never take an unnecessary chance just for the thrill.

“Something catastrophic must have occurred because he is one of the most conservative climbers,” Thornburgh said. “Whatever happened would be not because of his own negligence or carefree attitude toward climbing.”

 

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