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Mourners pay tribute to climber who died on Mt. Hood

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The Salem community said goodbye to the experienced climber who died on Mount Hood.

Searchers recovered the body of Kinley Adams, 59, on Sunday on the Sandy Glacier after days of looking for him.

Friday afternoon, a standing-room-only crowd gathered at Salem First Baptist Church, the place where he worshiped for more than 30 years.

The memorial service featured classical music played on violin and piano - a fitting tribute to a man who spent decades playing violin for the Salem Pops Orchestra. That was just one of the many ways he was known to people around town. He was also a dentist and a deacon at the church.

"I kind of measure my life up to him and I still haven't gotten (to how he lived his life)," said Adams' son Cameron Adams. "The only way I can think of to really to honor him is to try."

Kinley Adams' love of climbing was widely known. Authorities said he was climbing a familiar route on Mount Hood when he fell and suffered traumatic injuries. Many held out hope that he would pull through - even after being missing for days - because of his vast experience.

Kinley Adams' wife Lorraine said his favorite direction has always been up - and that notion is helping his friends and loved ones cope.

"They cope, as the scripture says, with hope: hope that his life is not over, that the best is yet to come; hope that he's in heaven with our Lord and savior," said pastor Mark Hanke, about how his congregation is dealing with the loss.

The family asked that any donations be made to the Mount Hood Search and Rescue Council and the local Boys and Girls Club that Adams supported for years.

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