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  1. 3 Lost on Mount Hood

    According to the phone call placed by James last Tues., the other two went to get help. That's why he was left alone. We don't know yet which of the climbers was found today. Until the final chapter of this story is known, there are many more questions than there are answers, unfortunately. It's worse than that: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/121606dnmetclimbers.11dd082b.html "By the tone of his voice, I could tell something was really wrong," said 25-year-old Jason James. "I went into 911 mode." He learned his dad was dug into a cave on the northern face of Mount Hood near the summit. Half an orange remained in his food supply, he was lying on his backpack to stay off the snow, and he was weak, cold and wet. "He just said he was exhausted, and that's why he was stuck there," Jason James said. The 48-year-old landscape architect offered "delirious" answers when asked about his climbing partners. "He said Brian was in town looking for help and Nikko was on an airplane," Jason James said.
  2. 3 Lost on Mount Hood

    Kelly's first cell phone call on Sunday was characterized by his son Jason as "delirious" (Dallas Morning News, Saturday, December 16). He was already alone, and said that Nikko was in an airplane, and Brian was in town getting help. Too soon for dehydration, too low for oedema (??), but something clearly was wrong.
  3. 3 Lost on Mount Hood

    www.katu.com BREAKING NEWS: One climber found dead Portland Mountain Rescue officials confirmed Sunday afternoon that crews found the body of one climber in a snow cave different from one that officials zeroed in on earlier in the day.
  4. 3 Lost on Mount Hood

    The video being broadcast about 2 hours ago showed the SAR guy digging about 5 to 10 feet above what clearly was a /\, 15 to 20 feet on each leg. This hasn't been mentioned on any of the news coverage I've heard (even though they broadcast the video for at least 5 minutes continuously), and news of the empty cave come only 20 minutes later.
  5. 3 Lost on Mount Hood

    It was more this /\ than a Y, and was clearly visible in some of the video being show about 2 hours ago. The solo SAR guy who was belayed down the north face slope started digging 5 to 10 feet above the apex of the /\, and each "leg" of it looked to be about 15 to 20 feet long.
  6. 3 Lost on Mount Hood

    Yeah, the news networks are switching from live to loops and back to something Fox is calling "new video". After watching this for the last hour it's pretty clear the talking heads and the people doing the captions don't know what's being broadcast.
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    the " /\ " shape is visible in the snow just below the sar guy on cnn. I concur, was watching the guy digging from the apex of the /\ for five minutes and amazed that none of the talking heads mentioned it. You could even see the spindrift coming from his shovel.
  8. 3 Lost on Mount Hood

    Have never needed one in an "emergency" but have been trained in snow trenches, snow caves, tube tents (12 feet x 6 feet diameter for 4-8 people), etc. All of these increase survivability, you just need to get out of the winds and have something to trap heat. Snow caves are the best. Complete protection from winds, elevated temps from body heat, probable snowmelt (drinking water) from walls and roof. But they can stink to the high heavens.
  9. 3 Lost on Mount Hood

    Is Tie In Rock the one at 10:00 from the people, or much higher up at about 11:30?
  10. 3 Lost on Mount Hood

    Thanks for posting that. I'd just finished reading it when someone said to me "they ought to be fined and pay the bill", to which I cited the 2003 Oregon finding that 3.8 percent of all rescues were clmbing related, just above mushroom picking at 3.3 percent. Anyway, positive vibes out to the guys and hope we hear some good news soon.
  11. 3 Lost on Mount Hood

    Don't know if you're aware of it, but Nikko Cooke - the guy from Brooklyn - was collecting beta on this very forum back in November: http://www.cascadeclimbers.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/ubb/showflat/Number/609605/page/1#Post609605