HOOD RIVER, Ore. -- Hood River County Sheriff Joe Wampler is now calling the search for two missing climbers a "recovery effort." Wampler says effort to find the two missing climbers alive on Mount Hood is over.
Brian Hall of Dallas and Jerry "Nikko" Cooke of New York have been missing for 12 days now. Their climbing partner, Kelly James, of Dallas, was found dead in a snow cave near Mount Hood's over 11,000-foot summit on Sunday.
A small plane flew over Mount Hood today in a last-ditch attempt to find any sign of the two missing climbers as storms moved into the area. Wampler says rescuers have done everything they can at this point. They have given up hope of finding Hall and Cooke alive.
Volunteers have returned to their normal lives and helicopters used in the search have returned to their bases.