Touchet grad missing on Hood

Katie Nolan and another climber remain missing on the mountain; a companion was found dead Saturday.


One of the climbers missing since Friday on Mount Hood is Touchet High School graduate Katie Nolan.

Nolan, 29, was one of three climbers who began their ascent on the west side of the mountain about 1 a.m. Friday and were due back late that afternoon. The body of one climber, Luke T. Gullberg, 26, of Des Moines, Wash. Was found Saturday on a glacier, but searchers have not located Nolan and Anthony Vietti, 24 of Longview, Wash.

Rescuers say "time is critical" in the hunt for Nolan and Vietti, but avalanche risks halted ground search efforts today.

Nolan and Vietti are experienced climbers, and could still be found alive, authorities say.

Nolan graduated from Touchet High School in 1998. She attended Philadelphia Bible College, and currently works for Catholic Charities in Portland, according to sources at Touchet High School.

Nolan visited her parents, Darla and Dave Nolan, in Touchet over Thanksgiving. Her parents are presently at Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood during the search.

Gullberg's equipment also found scattered around the glacier, including a camera with at least 20 photos of the climbers. Crews have looked over the photos for landmarks and other clues to the location of the two missing climbers.

Steve Rollins, another Portland Mountain Rescue leader, told the Oregonian newspaper that rescuers believe the missing climbers could still be alive, saying that details from the photos led them to believe that Vietti and Nolan have survival equipment with them.


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