Awaiting Mount Hood rescue, man posts updates on Facebook

Awaiting Mount Hood rescue, man posts updates on Facebook
Jeff Kish of Portland from a previous adventure. Photo from his Facebook page.

MOUNT HOOD, Ore. – Rescue crews are working tonight to help a climber who is stuck in a storm on Mount Hood.

And while 30-year-old Jeff Kish of Portland waits for rescue, he's been posting messages on Facebook using his cellphone and has been in contact with family and friends, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

"You're gonna hear about it in the news anyway. ... Got stuck in a storm on the summit of mt. (sic) Hood," he wrote on Facebook. "Called 911 after several hours of trying to self rescue."

According to Mark Morford, a spokesman for Portland Mountain Rescue, Kish is stuck at about 10,000 feet in elevation near Crater Rock. Rescuers have been in constant telephone contact with him.

A 13-man rescue team from Portland Mountain Rescue arrived Wednesday night by snow cat to the Palmer ski lift, which is about 6,900 feet in elevation. They are currently climbing by foot to Kish's location, which was determined from GPS coordinates from his cellphone.

Morford said Kish is not hurt, but he's cold and wet. They hope to reach him sometime before midnight. They will bring warm clothes, dry clothes and food for him.

According to Clackamas County dispatch, the man called 9-1-1 from the mountain just before 2 p.m.

He reported that a storm moved in and he could not find his way down in the whiteout conditions.

According to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, the visibility at Kish's location is about four feet and one to three inches of snow is expected overnight.

This story will be updated.