SALEM -- Even though he's been alone on Mount Hood since Saturday, Kinley Adams' family is still hopeful that the beloved father of two will make it down the mountain safely.
Adams is a well-respected and well-known community member. He is a third-generation dentist, a long-time violinist active with the Salem Pops Orchestra, a church volunteer, a cyclist and a ski patroller at Hoodoo Ski Resort.
One Friday every month, Adams and his sister Cherie Goetz, also his dental assistant, give free dental care to kids with the Boys & Girls Club of Salem.
"That is very much the kind of guy he is," said Adams' sister Cherie Goetz."He's got a big heart. He's very kind and soft-spoken. I mean, I've never even heard him raise his voice even when he gets frustrated. He is an amazing guy. I have a lot of respect for him.:
Goetz said her brother is in great shape and a very experienced climber who has summited Mount McKinley in Alaska with his two sons.
"His boys are here and it's very hard to sit and wait," she told KGW. "They're very good climbers, too, and I know they would like to be up on the mountain looking for their dad. They've climbed with him many times. It's just very hard to wait, so we just ask for a lot of prayer. Just please keep good thoughts."
Jodi Loper, the Health and Dental Services Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Salem, is also optimistic.
"Lots of thoughts and positive prayers, definitely," Loper said. "We're all just trying to keep updated on everything and be optimistic because of his experience."
Goetz also said it's not like her brother to take risks, so the family is staying optimistic that they'll see Adams soon.
"Because of his climbing experience and his cautiousness. He's a professional when it comes to climbing," Loper said.