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Searchers locate climber’s body

Searchers say recovery is too dangerous now

An air and ground search on Tuesday morning located the body of a Polish man, Sebastian Kinasiewicz, at the 9,500-foot level of Mt. Hood.

An Oregon Army Blackhawk helicopter crew spotted Kinasiewicz's body at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

According a report in the Aug. 14 Oregonian, Kinasiewicz, 32, was hoping to plant the flag of Poland on the summit, following the same feat by a group of Polish climbers last year.

According to Pete Hughes of the Hood River County Sheriff’s Department, the search and rescue team from the Hood River Crag Rats and Portland Mountain Rescue reached the summit of Mt Hood from the Cooper Spur climbing route. The team found tracks near the summit that suddenly ended and asked the crew from the Blackhawk to search an area on the Northwest side of the mountain. Kinaisiewicz’s body was at about 9,500 feet in a couloir called Climbers Left Chute. It was obvious that Kinasiewicz was fatally wounded from the nearly 1,500-foot fall, according to Hughes. Kinasiewicz’s body was hung up in rocks inaccessible to ground or air crews.

Kinasiewicz was found by the crew of a BlackHawk HH-60 Helicopter from the Oregon Army National Guard’s Charlie Company 7-158th Aviation based in Salem.

Because of where he fell, it will be difficult, if not impossible to retrieve Kinasiewicz’s body, according to Hughes. He said it is impossible to do an airdrop to pull the body out, and it may not be possible to reach Kinasiewicz by foot.

According to Hood River County Sheriff’s Office, the search had started at about 7:30 a.m. Monday when the office was notified that Kinasiewicz, a member of the Polish Military, was missing after having gone for a solo climb of Mount Hood on Sunday. His car had been located at the Tilly Jane trailhead

Kinasiewicz was the state attending training conducted by Insitu.


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