CNN.com has breaking news that two climbers have gone missing on Mt. Hood. The two climbers, who are described as “experienced” were due back yesterday afternoon, but failed to answer calls to a cell phone and have not reported in any other way.
To make matters worse, blizzard conditions moved in early this morning, which will hamper search and rescue operations. While the pair’s vehicle is still in the parking lot at the Timberline Lodge, authorities have not ruled out the possibility that the men may have left with other climbers, although it does seem a bit unlikely.
I’ll post updates as they become known. Search teams were being organized to begin scouring the mountain, but it’s too early to report beyond that. Keep these men and their families in your thoughts.
Update: The climbers are alive and well and making their way down the mountain. They used their cell phone to call home and let everyone know that they spend the night in a snow cave, and will be home soon. Great news!
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