Rescuers Seek 2 Pals of Dead Hiker

Climber's body found on glacier
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2009 2:15 AM CST
Rescuers Seek 2 Pals of Dead Hiker
Katie Nolanis among the two remaining climbers still missing on Mt. Hood.   (AP Photo/Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office)

Helicopter rescue teams continued to search for a male and female hiker missing for three days on storm-socked Mt. Hood in Oregon. Their companion, 26-year-old Luke Gullberg, was found dead on a glacier over the weekend. Gullberg's equipment was also found scattered around the glacier, including a camera with at least 20 photos of the hikers. Crews have examined the photos for clues to the location of the missing climbers.

"It looked like they were confident and having a good time," said one of the searchers. Avalanche conditions are currently making ground searches impossible. The three were experienced climbers and well equipped for summiting the 11,000 foot mountain, reports AP. The tragedy has raised renewed concerns about bad weather climbs in winter and the expense of rescue operations. (More Mount Hood stories.)

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