PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Poor visibility and avalanche danger limited the search Wednesday for a climber missing on Oregon's Mount Hood. Kinley Adams, of Salem, has been missing since Saturday. Since then, search and rescue crews have been persistently thwarted by white-out conditions, and the skies are not expected to clear until Thursday.
Thick fog delayed the start of Wednesday's search until late morning. The dangerous conditions kept crews near timberline, away from the higher elevations where they believe Adams is likely to be found. The 59-year-old dentist is an experienced climber who is generally well prepared. His family and search crews say that gives them hope he is alive. In March, injured hiker Mary Owen survived six days in a hand-carved snow cave before her Mount Hood rescue.