UPDATED: Sheriff's Office leads search for overdue climber on Mt. Hood

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: June 23 to July 1, 2013

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UPDATE: Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013, 10 a.m.

In regards to Dr. Kinley Adams, the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed the cause of death was from multiple injuries sustained in a fall.

UPDATE: Monday, July 1, 2013, 8 a.m.

The body of Dr. Kinley Adams was recovered from the Sandy Glacier yesterday (Sunday, June 30, 2013) around 6 p.m. after a highly technical mission.

His body was returned to the search base and then transported to the Clackamas County Medical Examiner's Office.

The Clackamas County Medical Examiner will be doing an exam. An initial exam is scheduled for today (July 1), but the results may not be available for several days.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office would like to thank Portland Mountain Rescue, Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue, AMR's Reach And Treat (RAT) Team, Mountain Wave Emergency Communications, the Oregon Army National Guard, and the 304th for their involvement in the recovery of Mr. Adams. This was a very difficult and technical mission and everyone performed admirably in this true team effort.

Photos from the search can be found on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

EARLIER: Saturday, June 29, 2013, 3:30 p.m.

At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, search crews working with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue Team located what appears to be a body on Mt. Hood.

Oregon Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter crews provided a location that revealed a body located near the Hood River County line near the top of the Sandy Glacier. The altitude is approximately 8,400 feet. There are no signs of life. It was not safe at that time to have teams get close enough to confirm the identity of the subject.

There is a high probability the body is that of Dr. Kinley Adams.

The area in which the body was located is on very difficult and technical terrain. Due to the extreme risk, teams will not be able to get to the area today. As the day gets warmer, risks of rock and snow slide increase.

Plans are underway to launch a recovery team early tomorrow morning (Sunday, June 30). Risk assessments will be made each step of the way.

Sheriff Craig Roberts extends his thoughts and condolences to the family and friends who have been very supportive of the search efforts during this difficult time.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the following search participants and supporters who worked with our SAR Coordinators since Dr. Adams' family first called the Sheriff's Office on Saturday evening, June 23:

EARLIER: Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 3:15 p.m.


At this writing (Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 3:25 p.m.), adverse weather conditions are preventing SAR teams from searching at higher altitudes on Mt. Hood as they continue looking for overdue climber Kinley Adams.

SAR teams are continuing lower-elevation searches (below 9,000 feet), and plan to expand the search area at lower elevations.

Sheriff's Office SAR Coordinators plan to continue searching through the weekend.

A National Guard helicopter remains on standby.


The Sheriff's Office is asking members of the public if they've seen Mr. Adams while climbing on Mt. Hood on Saturday.

Now linked above is a collage of photos of Kinley Adams in clothing he is believed to have worn on his Saturday climb.

If any members of the public encountered Kinley Adams on Mt. Hood on Saturday, they are urged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office using our Tip Line -- by telephone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online e-mail form.


EARLIER: Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 6 a.m.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is continuing search-and-rescue efforts for missing climber Kinley Adams on Mt. Hood today (Tuesday, June 25, 2013).

Mr. Adams has been missing since June 23, when he went to Mt. Hood and attempted to climb the Leuthold Coulour.

Mountain-rescue searchers departed the command post at approximately 5 a.m. by snowcat in an effort to reach Crater Rock and the Reid Headwall while there is a small break in the weather.

Search teams have been asked to do a safety assessment in terms of climbing -- and if it is safe to do so, they will be searching in the area.

A second group of climbers is set to depart around 8 a.m., and will be searching in lower elevations.

Volunteers from Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue will be climbing upwards from the area of Ramona Falls towards the Reid Glacier with a spotting scope, in hopes of locating Mr. Adams at lower elevations or through the spotting scope.

Optimism remains high that Mr. Adams is still alive and just in need of assistance.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the following groups for their assistance in searching today: Seattle Mountain Rescue, Corvallis Mountain Rescue, Portland Mountain Rescue, Hood River Crag Rats, Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue, 304th Air Force Rescue Squadron, and Mountain Wave Emergency Communications.

EARLIER: Monday, June 24, 2013 11:44 AM

The missing subject is identified as Kinley Adams, age 59, from Salem Oregon.

Search crews are facing adverse weather conditions -- rain, wind, cold temperatures, low visibility and snow. The new soft, wet snow creates additional hazards for searchers. Search teams are unable to go above the 9,000-foot level due to near-whiteout conditions.

Search efforts will continue at lower elevations, and plans will be made for the coming days based on weather conditions. A National Guard helicopter is on standby for a break in the weather.

Agencies currently working with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue Team include:

Photos linked above:

  • Photo #1 is a map photo of the south side of Mt. Hood. The red, blue and black lines are the search patterns of the SAR teams.
  • Photos #2 and #3 are taken by search crews, which show the limited visibility.

-- Sgt. Robert Wurpes, Public Information Officer, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

EARLIER: June 23rd, 2013 5:49 PM

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team is currently coordinating a search on Mt. Hood for an overdue climber.

The Sheriff's Office was notified by family members at about 9 p.m., Saturday evening (June 22, 2013) of an overdue climber who was supposed to return at 3 p.m. that day.

The climber is a male from Salem. His vehicle was located unoccupied in the Timberline Lodge parking lot.

The male registered in the climbing log at Timberline Lodge, and his climbing route noted he would be climbing the Leuthold Couloir route.

He is believed to be an experienced climber, and has climbed this route before.

Searchers were able to summit the mountain via the Leuthold Couloir route, but did not locate any evidence of the overdue climber.

Due to worsening weather conditions, searchers returned to the lodge. Searchers reported near-whiteout and worsening climbing conditions.

Coordinators are currently making plans to search again tomorrow (Sunday, June 23) if conditions allow.

Volunteer searchers from Portland Mountain Rescue, Mountain Wave Emergency Communications, American Medical Response's Reach and Treat (RAT) Team, and the Hood River Crag Rats participated in the search. These groups will be back again to search tomorrow (June 23) along ith other volunteer groups from around the state.

More information and the identity of the overdue climber should be released early tomorrow morning.


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Contact Info:
Nate Thompson, Deputy
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office


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