Supporters hold out hope for missing climber

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Salem First Baptist Church Senior Pastor Mark Hanke led a Tuesday night vigil for missing 59-year-old climber Kinley Adams in prayer. (KOIN 6 News, Gary Kahne)

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — At the Salem First Baptist Church Tuesday night, friends and supporters of 59-year-old Kinley Adams gathered to pray from his safe return.

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Senior pastor Mark Hanke led a Tuesday night vigil for missing 59-year-old climber Kinley Adams in prayer. (KOIN 6 News, Gary Kahne)

Adams and his family are long-time members of the Salem First Baptist Church in downtown Salem, reports the Statesman Journal.

The vigil started at 6 p.m. Tuesday, “but people are invited show up any time during the hour,” according to the journal’s report.

The event is open to the public.

Adams is believed to have become lost or trapped on Mount Hood sometime Saturday. Rescuers searched the mountain Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, but were hindered by low visibility and fresh snow.

As of the end of Tuesday’s search there is no sign of Adams — marking more than three full days of temperatures dipping below freezing with no sight of the experience 59-year-old climber who took off Saturday afternoon for Mount Hood’s Leuthold Couloir route.

Kinley Adams, the climber missing on Mount Hood, is seen in a collage of photos in clothing he was likely wearing when he was last seen on June 22, 2013 (Courtesy: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, June 25, 2013)

Kinley Adams, the climber missing on Mount Hood, is seen in a collage of photos in clothing he was likely wearing when he was last seen on June 22, 2013. (Courtesy Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, June 25, 2013)

Rescue teams say they will continue their search for the Salem dentist and experience hiker Wednesday morning. Family and friends continue to hold out hope for the missing climber.

In March another Mount Hood climber, Mary Owen, survived six days on Mount Hood. She talked to KOIN 6 News about how she survived with only wool leggings, shorts, light-weight running shoes and a water-proof poncho.

Adams was likely wearing full climbing gear.

His wife Lorraine tells KOIN 6 News her husband has been known to “take a lot of misery” on his climbs over the years.

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