From the New York Post – The body of an accomplished Oregon mountain climber who was reported missing on Mount Hood was found in a crevasse about 9,400 feet up the state’s tallest peak, authorities said.
The search for Austin Mishler, a 27-year-old wilderness guide from Bend, ended Thursday, two days after he failed to return from a planned climb of Eliot Glacier on the mountain’s northeastern slopes, according to the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time,” the agency said in a statement. “The family wishes to have privacy while they grieve.”
Rescue crews discovered Mishler’s body Thursday afternoon in a crevasse on the mountain’s north side, roughly 1,850 feet from the summit of the 11,249-foot mountain. But officials were unable to recover Mishler’s body due to climbing conditions, authorities said.
An aircraft crew from the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office spotted a tent believed to be Mishler’s late Wednesday at an elevation of 8,700 feet. A second search team later reached the tent Thursday but it was empty, authorities said.
Search teams had planned to recover Mishler’s body early Friday, but the effort was again scuttled due to poor weather conditions, sheriff officials told The Post.
“We’re looking at good weather this weekend, so the hope is to do it tomorrow,” Sgt. Pete Hughes said, adding that Mishler most likely had some sort of accident while climbing.
Mishler was an “experienced climber and a talented wilderness guide,” his mother, Kim, told KTVZ.
A video posted to Mishler’s Facebook page last month shows him reaching the summit of five mountains in two weeks, including peaks in Oregon, Washington state and Wyoming.
“I had a few weeks off work,” Mishler wrote. “I quickly disappeared into my happy place.”