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Search underway for Portland climber missing in Washington

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Missing climber Adam Ochshorn Missing climber Adam Ochshorn

A search is underway for a Portland music teacher after he did not return from a weekend climbing trip in Chelan County, Washington.

Adam Ochshorn, 33, planned to climb Colchuck Peak on Saturday after hiking to the Colchuck Lake area on Friday and camping overnight. He was expected out by late Saturday evening or early Sunday morning, but he has not returned.

Search crews located his car near the Bridge Creek campground and his unoccupied tent along the west bank of the lake.

Friends say he is an experienced and technical climber, so they were surprised to hear he is missing.

“A guy like Adam, as long as we're actively searching for him, he's actively waiting,” said John P. Jaqua, who works and performs with Ochshorn.

Ochshorn teaches piano and drum lessons though CHORDination, a music school in the Portland metro area owned by Jaqua.

“[He’s] one of those guys you meet and within a couple minutes if you met him, you love him,” said Jaqua. “He's fun, courteous and respectful to people and very hard working.”

He described Ochshorn as a popular teacher, talented pianist, drummer and singer.

Ochshorn performs with The Island Band, Trio Flux and Steely Dawn in the Portland area.

“The music that came out of those groups was the better for him being in them,“ he said.

Ochshorn’s passion for music matches his passion for the outdoors, friends said.

Marie Schumacher, a Portland-area musician, called Ochshorn a “special, gentle, positive person.”

“He’s a gem,” she said.

Chelan County search crews conducted an aerial search Monday and searched again on Tuesday. 

Chelan Co. search crews have suspended the search Tuesday night due to the current and predicted weather for the area.

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