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Crews recover body of climber from 'very unstable' area in Oregon City

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Crews recovered the body of a climber who died rappelling down a rock face in Oregon City. 

Emergency crews responded to the scene in the area of Waterboard Park on Thursday morning.

Firefighters said a man went to the area to look for a friend who had gone out Wednesday to climb but never returned home. 

The man found his friend's car at Waterboard Park on Thursday morning and then spotted his body hanging from his rope system about 30 feet up the face of the rock wall. 

Firefighters said it appears the climber was rappelling down the rock face when a large column of rocks came loose and fell on him. It is not known if the climber was wearing a helmet, according to investigators. 

Crews conducted a recovery operation to reach the man's body. Firefighters described the area as "very unstable."

By noon, the man's body had been recovered. Firefighters said the man was from Canby. 

Crews developed multiple plans to reach the climber and limited their exposure to the collapse zone of the rock wall. 

Clackamas Fire District #1 released a statement advising people to not climb in the area due to the unstable conditions and remote access. 

"When heading to the outdoors remember to have a plan, tell a friend and let someone know when you're returning," according to the fire district's statement. 

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