Long-time Santiam Pass ski patroller, Dr. Kinley K. Adams, was killed in a solo ascent of Mount Hood on 22 June 2013. Adams went missing on the mountain at some point after leaving Mount Hood’s Timberline Lodge at around 12:30 am that day.
He had previously made the ascent of Hood a number of times and was expected back in Salem, Oregon, that day by 4 pm, where he lived and worked as a dentist. A search began when he did not return. His body was not discovered until Saturday, 29 June, and his remains were transported down the mountain by rescuers that Sunday evening.
Adams, 59, was a long-time member of the National Ski Patrol, and patrolled at Santiam Pass. He was an experienced mountaineer and had been a member of the Santiam Pass Ski Patrol for decades. Adams reported that he would be taking the western Leuthold Couloir route above Reid Glacier to the summit of Mount Hood. An Oregon Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter crew located Adams’ body at around 8,400 feet at 1:30 pm on Saturday at the top of Sandy Glacier near the Hood River County line, some distance from the route he had recorded at Timberline Lodge. According to summitpost.org, that elevation is about 2.06 miles from the trailhead into the 3.69 mile 5,466 foot Leuthold Couloir ascent to 11,239 feet. Sandy Glacier, however, is north of the Leuthold Couloir route on the map above. So it is not known where Adams departed from the planned route.
Family members say that Adams had been making frequent trips to Mount Hood in preparation for a trip to Nepal. They say he fell and hit his head, dying from traumatic brain injury and internal injuries.
Adams is the second patroller in the past year to die in a solo climbing incident off-season. Dr. Gary S. Dankworth, a patroller and Toboggan Instructor Trainer at Heavenly Area in California and Nevada, died in an incident after summiting 13,855-foot Norman Clyde peak in the Sierras in late July, 2012. Dankworth, 60, was a family physician practicing out of his office in Carson City, Nevada. Dr. Adams was a 1979 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Dentistry, and was first licensed by the State of Oregon to practice dentistry in June of 1979.
The Santiam Pass Patrol is affiliated with the NSP, and has approximately 50 active Alpine, Nordic and Pro patrollers. The patrol operates in and around the Hoodoo Ski Area on the Santiam Pass, which cuts through the Oregon Cascades between Salem and Bend.
A service for Dr. Adams begins at 3 pm on 5 July 2013 at the First Baptist Church, 395 Marion Street NE in downtown Salem, Oregon. It is open to the public. Adams’ family is encouraging friends, family and colleagues to contribute to either the Mount Hood Search and Rescue Council (“Friends of Kinley Adams” account at any US Bank) or the Health & Dental Services Center at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties (Kinley Adams Memorial, 1395 Summer St. NE, Salem, OR 97301, or www.bgc-salem.org).