December 13, 2009 in News, Outdoors, Region

Avalanche fears halt search for climbers

Associated Press
 

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. (AP) — Rescuers are waiting to begin their search for two missing climbers on Oregon’s Mount Hood amid avalanche fears.

Clackamas County Sheriff’s Department Detective Jim Strovink says the rescue mission Sunday is on hold because officials are concerned that there could be an avalanche in the higher elevations of the 11,249-foot mountain.

Strovink says officials are waiting for an Oregon National Guard helicopter to arrive, but it was not immediately clear what it would be used for.

The two climbers are part of a trio that went up the mountain on Friday. Crews found the third climber’s body on Saturday.

The weather forecast for Sunday calls for slightly warming temperatures with snow fall tapering off and chances of improved visibility.

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