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Search on for missing hiker (climber) Mt Adams

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Search on for missing hiker on Mount Adams


Capping a busy weekend, a search is under way on

Mount Adams for a missing hiker who has already spent one unplanned night on the mountain.


Yakima County sheriff's Sgt. George Town, coordinator of the sheriff's Search and Rescue team, said the missing hiker is a 55-year-old doctor from the Seattle area.


According to Town, the hiker's climbing partner reported him missing Sunday evening, saying they separated as planned at 9:45 a.m. and hadn't seen each other since.


Town said the climbing partner was more experienced than the missing hiker, who had planned to scout out the Lunch Counter area while his more experienced partner made a summit attempt.


At 6:54 p.m., the climber called authorities to say he had returned to the Cold Spring trailhead, but his less experienced hiking friend had not returned.


Town said Search and Rescue has four teams now on the mountain. One is a climbing team with technical skills. The other three teams are searching at lower elevations. The SAR mobile command post is on scene.


The mountain was busy with climbers and hikers Sunday, Town said. Climbing conditions were ideal in spite of severe thunderstorm activity at sundown.


"Nobody we've encountered has seen him, indicating he went a different way," Town said.


The search was the third of the weekend for SAR, including another one on Mount Adams involving what turned out to be merely an overdue climber.


"It's been pretty much nonstop since Friday," Town said.


The other search was near Chinook Pass. It involved missing dirt bikers who also turned out to be merely overdue.




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YAY! Glad it's a happy ending.


It seems to be pretty common for people to get lost coming down Adams when everything is still snowed over -- it's compounded by the fact that all of these wandering people have made a patchwork quilt of waytrails all around that area that help lead even more people astray ("look! a trail!"). You could wander around for a while.

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Altimeter and map folks... RTM trail crosses Morrison Creek at 6240 so if you drop below that you've missed it.

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