Whiteout on Mount Hood where 2 climbers missing

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Associated Press

Posted on December 15, 2009 at 7:31 AM

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. (AP) — A dispatcher for an Oregon sheriff's office reports whiteout conditions on Mount Hood, where searchers have been looking for two missing climbers.

Officials have to consider the high winds and heavy snow on Oregon's largest peak as they decide how to continue the search.

The two, 24-year-old Anthony Vietti of Longview, Wash., and 29-year-old Katie Nolan of Portland, went for a climb on Friday with 26-year-old Luke Gullberg of Des Moines, Wash. Searchers found Gullberg's body Saturday.

The autopsy showed he suffered minor injuries in a fall and died of hypothermia.

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