Ground search for 2 missing Oregon climbers halted - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Ground search for 2 missing Oregon climbers halted

Searchers found 26-year-old Luke Gullberg's body on Saturday while searching an area in the 9,000 foot level called Reid Glacier. Searchers found 26-year-old Luke Gullberg's body on Saturday while searching an area in the 9,000 foot level called Reid Glacier.

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. - Bad weather and avalanche danger have led rescuers to all but rule out a ground search for two missing climbers on Mount Hood, two days after their friend was found dead on the mountain.

Searchers found Luke Gullberg, 26, of Des Moines, Washington on Saturday while searching an area in the 9,000 foot level called Reid Glacier. They were not able to find his fellow climbers, Anthony Vietti, 24, of Longview and Katie Nolan, 29, of Portland.

The trio set out early Friday with plans to summit Mt. Hood and then return to Timberline that same afternoon.

They were all experienced climbers and friends alerted authorities when they did not return as expected.

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Anthony Vietti, 24, of Longview and Katie Nolan, 29, of Portland may still be alive on the mountain

Rescuers said Vietti and Nolan could still be alive Monday but time was "critical" in finding and saving them.

The threat of avalanches forced teams who had been searching on foot, back to base camp Saturday.

After that point it was only safe for rescuers to take to the air, hoping to spot something that would help them pinpoint the remaining two climbers.

If necessary, a rescuer could also be lowered down to the mountain with a stretcher.

An Oregon National Guard Blackhawk helicopter searched from the air over the weekend, along with a Civil Air Patrol plane and a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter equipped with thermal imaging cameras to detect body heat.

Even those crews had to be held back on Monday, as conditions grew worse on the mountain and visibility was extremely poor.

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