Facebook-posting climber stranded on Mt. Hood found safe
MOUNT HOOD, Ore. - After many hours of climbing up Mount Hood Wednesday night, rescue crews have located a climber stuck near the summit of Mount Hood.
Rescuers reached 30-year-old Jeff Kish of Portland around midnight, and the sheriff's office said he was returned to a base camp at about 2 a.m.
According to Mark Morford, a spokesman for Portland Mountain Rescue, Kish was stuck at about 10,000 feet in elevation near Crater Rock.
A 13-person rescue team from Portland Mountain Rescue worked its way up the mountain by snow cat to the Palmer ski lift, which is about 6,900 feet in elevation.
They then climbed the rest of the way to Kish's location, which was determined by GPS coordinates from his cellphone. Kish used his cellphone to stay in contact with rescuers, family and friends and post a couple of updates on his Facebook page.
According to Clackamas County Sheriff's Office spokesman Marcus Mendoza, Kish's cellphone ran out of battery power before rescuers reached him.
"You're gonna hear about it in the news anyway. ... Got stuck in a storm on the summit of mt. (sic) Hood," Kish wrote on Facebook hours before his phone died. "Called 911 after several hours of trying to self rescue."
Early in the rescue effort, Morford said Kish was not hurt, but he was cold and wet.
According to Clackamas County dispatch, Kish called 9-1-1 from the mountain just before 2 p.m.
He reported that a storm moved in and he could not find his way down in the whiteout conditions.
According to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, the visibility at the 10,000-foot level is about four feet and one to three inches of snow is expected overnight.
Kish registered his climb before departure and was well-equipped with climbing gear, warm clothes and other supplies.