Weather dampens hope of rescue on Mt Hood

(CBS/AP) Cold rain lashed the base of Mount Hood on Wednesday as search parties headed back up the treacherous slopes to look for three climbers who’ve been missing since the weekend.

Kelly James, Brian Hall and Jerry “Nikko” Cooke had planned a “quick climb” on Mount Hood, traveling light to make the ascent as fast as possible.

They have not been heard from since Sunday, when James called on his cell phone from a snow cave just below the summit.

A fresh team was joining the search Wednesday, and crews may get some help from heat-seeking, unmanned aircraft provided by a Colorado company and pinpoint cell phone-detection equipment from another high-tech company, said Pete Hughes of the Hood River County Sheriff’s Department.

“But if anybody is above the 7,000-foot range, we’re not going to be able to get to them,” Hughes said. “And we’re probably not going to be able to get to them by Thursday either, unless there happens to be a break in the weather.”



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