Thank goodness for all you all do, this young man and his family must be elated that there are folks like you out there.
Missing Oregon climber found alive on Mt. Adams
06:20 PM PDT on Friday, October 17, 2008
By AP and kgw.com Staff
Climber found on Mount Adams YAKIMA, Wash. -- A climber missing on Mount Adams for five days was found alive Friday after a search dog picked up the man's scent on a granola bar wrapper.
Officials tell KAPP-TV of Yakima that 27-year-old Derek Mamoyac, of Philomath, Oregon, appeared to have a broken ankle and that they will try to airlift him from about the 6,000-foot level of the mountain. He was found nine miles away from the trailhead.
Search and rescue officials say a dog team found Mamoyac on Friday in the White Salmon Avalanche area of the mountain. He was dehydrated and had a broken ankle, his sister said.
Mamoyak was missing on Mount Adams in southern Washington since last weekend.
But that hope turned to disappointment when searchers realized that arrows etched in dirt on the mountainside and a solitary set of footprints turned out to come from mushroom hunters and not Mamoyac.
Yakima County sheriffs announced late Thursday that the search near the arrows and footprints had been called off.
Sheriffs now believe Mamoyac was last seen by another climber on the south side of Mount Adams at the 9,400-foot level.
The climber came forward after hearing news reports of a missing hiker on the mountain, saying he spoke with a man who fit Mamoyac’s description at about 9:30 a.m. last Sunday.
Mamoyac told the climber he was on his way to the summit, according to a report from sheriffs. The climber also says Mamoyac was ascending into a storm with minimal gear.
Mamoyac left home last Saturday to climb Adams, Washington’s second highest mountain, located about 30 miles east of Mount St. Helens.
Before leaving for the trip, Mamoyac told his girlfriend he planned to summit the mountain Sunday, sheriffs said.
The missing climber’s father, Steve Mamoyac, reported him missing Monday when he failed to show up for work. He's been at the mountain since the search began four days ago.
“I just want to have him back, want to have our son back, want to tell him I'm glad to have him back,” the father said.
Mamoyac’s car was found at the Cold Springs trailhead, about 11 miles north of Trout Lake, Monday afternoon.
Authorities believe Mamoyac has climbed a few mountains but does not have extensive alpine experience.
They also believe he has never before climbed Mount Adams.
Mamoyac was wearing a fleece, a cap and either wind pants or jeans -- clothing that ill prepares him for an extended stay on the mountain's upper elevations, where nighttime temperatures have dipped into the 20s this week.
Snow covers the upper elevations of the 12,000-foot mountain.