PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- Search crews combed two spots on Mount Hood Tuesday looking for a 59-year-old Salem dentist who has not been seen since Saturday.
By all accounts, Kinley Adams is an experienced climber but he failed to return from a hike Saturday afternoon.
"I know that he can take a lot of misery," said Adams' wife, Lorraine Adams, as she waited Tuesday at Mount Hood.
Crews were forced to suspend their searches both Sunday and Monday after facing visibility issues and near whiteout conditions.
At about 5 a.m. Tuesday, teams took advantage of a break in the weather to use snowcats to try and reach Crater Rock and the Reid Headwall, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office reports.
The search has been very difficult for his family. Lorraine and his son Brock were at the search site Tuesday as crews went looking for him.
At about 8 a.m., a second group of searchers was set to climb the lower elevation area of Ramona Falls, toward the Reid Glacier.
Adams, described as a skilled and experienced climber, was supposed to return home at about 3 p.m. Saturday. He was reported missing by his family at about 9 p.m.
The sheriff's office Adams' vehicle was found in the Timberline Lodge parking lot. Adams registered in the lodge's climbing log, in which he wrote that he planned to take the Leuthold Couloir route. He has is known to have scaled the route before.
He reportedly took his mobile phone with him, but neither phone calls nor signals from his phone have been made since he left.
About 15 people were searching on the mountain Monday. However, Clackamas County Sheriff's Sgt. Robert Wurpes said crews were unable to go past the 9,000-foot elevation due to rough weather. A National Guard helicopter also was on standby in case the weather cleared up.
"When he was first missing," said Lorraine Adams, "I don't know what to do, I don't know when to panic ... but I knew who to call."
The sheriff's office Search and Rescue Team is coordinating the search effort. Volunteers with Portland Mountain Rescue, Mountain Wave Communications, American Medical Response Reach and Treat Team, the Hood River Crag Rats, Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue, Corvallis Mountain Rescue, and Seattle Mountain Rescue were all assisting.
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