'No signs of life' from fallen climber on Mount Hood

'No signs of life' from fallen climber on Mount Hood
Mount Hood (File photo)

MOUNT HOOD, Ore. – Rescuers say they see no signs of life from a climber who fell an estimated 1,000 feet on Mount Hood on Tuesday morning.

Searchers in a fixed-wing plane spotted the climber at around the 10,500-foot level, according to Hood River County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Pete Hughes. A helicopter photographed the man but he appeared to be dead.

The sheriff’s office said another climber reported seeing the man fall in the area of Eliot Glacier just after 8 a.m.

The witness told the sheriff’s office the climber appeared to be alone and fell about 1,000 feet before falling out of sight.

The man’s identity is unknown.

Hughes says rescuers may have to wait until Wednesday morning to recover the climber, when colder temperatures would afford rescuers more stability. Temperatures at the summit on Tuesday reached 47 degrees.

Thousands of people climb the 11,240-foot peak each year. Spring is the prime season because the weather is better but not so warm that the ice melts and rocks fall more readily. The peak is notorious for loose rock in warm weather.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.