CNN.com has just posted the breaking news that the search for the missing climbers has ended on Mt. Hood. The decision came after nine days of searching turned up the body of one of the three missing climbers, while the traces of the other two became increasingly hard to find. With another storm bearing down on the mountain, and chances of survial fleetingly small, Sheriff Joe Wampler decided to call of the search, now calling it a “recovery mission.”
I feel incredbly sad for the families of these three men. With the holidays upon us, a tragedy like this one hits home even more. The climbers simply weren’t equipped to handle the bad winter weather that has set in for the past ten days, and the likely hood of them being alive has all but vanished. Keep the familes in your thoughts and prayers as we move into this holiday weekend.