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Helicopter crews scour Mount Hood for missing climber

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Now in its sixth day, the search for missing Mount Hood climber Kinley Adams continued Friday, with improved weather giving rescuers hope.

Adams, a 59-year-old dentist and avid climber from Salem, hasn't been heard from since last weekend.

Ugly weather hampered search efforts all week until skies finally cleared enough Thursday for a Black Hawk helicopter to take off and search Mount Hood.

"We found a couple of clues that we're going to look into today - some tracks that we're going to try to follow up," said Sgt. Sean Collinson with Clackamas County Search and Rescue. "Hopefully those are going to pan out. They have in the past when we've followed tracks and we've been able to locate people that way."

On Friday, the weather continued to work in rescuers' favor as multiple helicopters joined the search.

Sheriff's deputies said they plan to continue the search throughout the weekend and possibly beyond that point. They point out Adams could have potentially survived by melting snow for drinking water.

"I would expect his food source would have run out by now, so he's probably getting pretty hungry," Collinson said. "We need to find him today."

Last Saturday, Adams apparently checked in at Timberline Lodge and registered in the climbing log that he would be climbing the Leuthold Couloir route, a route that he has climbed before. He had a "throwaway" cell phone with him.

Adams marked on his climbing checklist that he packed a locator beacon, but the beacon was found at his home in Salem, meaning it may have been a packing error.

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