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    Default PLEASE PRAY!!! Climbers trapped. Mount Hood, Oregon

    As I write this there are 3 climbers trapped on Mount Hood just below the summit. The weather is turning bad and they can not attempt a rescue at this time. All 3 are extremely experienced climbers but the weather is horrible with high winds and deep snow. They were climbing the north side which is the more difficult side. Please pray the 3 will be able to survive and make it back to their families and loved ones. If you would like more info go to Boston Herald.com where they have the story listed. May God protect them and bring them back safely.

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    Here is an article. States they took minimal gear.

    3 climbers missing on Oregon mountain
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061211/...bers&printer=1
    By BRAD CAIN, Associated Press Writer
    Mon Dec 11, 5:19 PM ET



    Rescue teams headed up the flanks of treacherous Mount Hood on Monday to search for three climbers reported missing in heavy snow, but were ordered off the mountain when conditions became too dangerous.
    Officials described the three men as experienced but said none had climbed Mount Hood before.
    The mother of one of the men said he had called his son on a cell phone Sunday to say he was stranded in a snow cave just below the summit of the 11,239-foot peak while his companions went for help. Authorities were unable to re-establish cell phone contact with the climber, and there was no sign of the other men.
    "From the conversation, it left us very concerned for the person's welfare," Chief Sheriff's Deputy Jerry Brown said.
    Snow was falling heavily Monday at a lodge where the three men were supposed to meet friends on Friday or Saturday. Up to 18 inches of snow was expected through Tuesday, along with wind gusts of up to 55 mph that will reduce visibility and raise the risk of avalanches.
    The Oregon Air National Guard said the weather was too dangerous to attempt a helicopter rescue, but a chopper was on standby in case the weather improved.
    The seven three-member rescue teams searching for the men encountered wind gusts of 80 mph and blowing snow, said Deputy Marc Smith of the Hood River County Sheriff's Office. They didn't get higher than 8,500 feet.
    "They're going to regroup, wait for a break in the weather and then go back up on the mountain," Smith said.
    About 10,000 people a year start for the summit, and on average 20 to 25 have to be rescued.
    The three men left their car on Wednesday to climb the difficult north side of Mount Hood, Oregon's tallest peak. They had planned to spend two nights on the mountain.
    The route the climbers took is very difficult, with slopes of 50 or 60 degrees and occasional sheer walls of ice, said Steve Rollins, a rescue leader with Portland Mountain Rescue, which sent two teams up the mountain.
    Rollins said conditions on the mountain were deadly, with hard ice, high winds and heavy snow. "There is no easy way off the mountain," he said.
    A note that the missing climbers left at a Forest Service station said they were taking "minimal gear,"
    Doug Jones, a permit specialist with the Mount Hood National Forest, told The Oregonian newspaper.
    It was the second time in less than a month that someone was reported missing in snowy, isolated areas of Oregon. James Kim of San Francisco died of exposure after leaving his wife and their two small daughters in their snowbound car while he struck out on his own in search of help. His wife and children were rescued.
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    I'm not sure if they are "extremely experienced" either. For one, its their first time climbing Mount Hood, and this isn't exactly climbing season up there.

    No doubt they know what they are doing, but Mount Hood is a serious mountain. I'm sure people do it all the time, but climbing this time of year is very risky. They have the risk of hunkering down for 3 days in a snowstorm and waking up to 20 feet of new snow. Or worse, the storm could last for 3 weeks.
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    I have a feeling the window for good news is going to close in the next few hours. Bad weather is forecasted to move in tonight and will likely last for several days.

    After doing some research it appears that these were very experienced climbers. If anybody could survive this epic, it would be them.
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    Any updates this morning?

    If you are interested in following along more closely this climbing forum has some great posts:

    Cascade Climbers

    There are over 6 pages of posts, but you can catch up in the last 2 pages. Also, one of the members of that forum "fuggedaboudit" is one of the trapped climbers. He was a regular posted and talked about adding photos from this trip once he returned.
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    Great video recap of the situation, including their expected route:

    The Oregonian

    I'm looking forward to hearing their story when they get off the mountain.
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    Thanks for sharing that video link Bill. It helped in explaining the situation a great deal.
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    Live shot from Mount Hood Meadows ski area. I think the top of this lift is around 6,500ft. A long way from where the trapped climbers presumably are.

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    Thanks bill for the link to the cascade climbers forum. This is the place to get the upto date info. Seems from the forum these guys had a set plan in case of bad weather and are most likely holed up in a snow cave. My prayers continue to go out to the 3 climbers and their families and also to the search and rescue who are risking their own lives to find these guys.

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