HOOD RIVER, Ore. - A climber fell to his death on the Northeast side of Mount Hood Tuesday morning, authorities said.
At least one other climber reported seeing the deadly accident just after 8 a.m. The witness said the climber fell into the area of Eliot Glacier (see map below) and appeared to be alone.
About two hours later, searchers in a fixed wing aircraft spotted the accident scene above Eliot Glacier, according to Sgt. Pete Hughes with the Hood River Sheriff's Office. The climber's death was confirmed just after noon.
A National Guard Blackhawk crew pinpointed the location of the body, but conditions were too dangerous to lift him off the mountain, Hughes said. He said crews would likely begin a recovery effort early Wednesday morning.
Investigators think the climber may have taken the popular south side route, reached the summit, and then fell down the northeast slope. His car has not yet been found.
Conditions on the mountain were clear Tuesday, but cold. Temperatures were ranging from the 30s to the 40s, with some wind.
The Eliot Glacier is the largest by volume on Mount Hood. It's located near the summit, on the northeast slope of the mountain.
This map shows the location of the Eliot Glacier on Mount Hood: