GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. Low visibility is hindering the search for a Mount Hood climber Monday morning.

Searchers were combing lower elevations due to conditions that Steve Rollins of Portland Mountain Rescue described as approaching a white-out at higher elevations.

Kinley Adams, 59, was attempting to summit Mount Hood. He was expected back Saturday after climbing the Leuthold Couloir that snakes up the west side of the mountain.

Family members notified the Clackamas County Sheriff s Office at 9 p.m. Saturday that he was overdue. He had been scheduled to be off the mountain at 3 p.m., said Deputy Nate Thompson.

Searchers headed out at first light Sunday and reached the summit via the Leuthold route but could not find the climber. The search was postponed after white-out conditions made searching nearly impossible Sunday evening.

Officials said he is an experienced climber who had climbed the route before. He was training for a mountaineering trip to Nepal. His vehicle was in the Timberline parking lot and he had registered for the climb, including his planned route.

Friends told KGW Kinley is a careful climber who does not take chances.

Adams is a longtime Salem resident and a dentist. The Statesman-Journal reports that he is first violinist in the Salem Pops Orchestra.

Kinley did not have a climbing beacon but has a cellphone. Rescuers have not been able to get a fix on the phone signal.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office released the following map Monday morning. The red, blue and black lines show the search patterns of the SAR teams.

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