Man Lost on Mt. Hood


Climber lost on Mt. Hood! In NW Oregon, that makes major news. There’s the drama of a human interest story—man against the elements. It captures everyone’s attention, especially the family and those of us who know that climber. We wait for word from the search teams and pray for the weather to clear.

Mount Hood in the Cascade Volcanic Arc in nort...

Mount Hood in the Cascade Volcanic Arc in northern Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Dr. Kinley Adams was prepared for his solo assault on Mt. Hood. He’d been climbing Hood every two weeks or so, preparing for an expedition to Nepal. He knew the risks and potential for danger. It’s been four days and cold nights on that 11,240’ high mountain but search teams have not been able to locate him. Though Kinley had a reputation for caution and not taking risks, something happened. Now, his fate is in God’s hands. We pray for God’s angels to minister to him in whatever condition he’s in at this very moment. White-outs shut down rescue operations early afternoon today, so he faces another night on a cold mountain.


Another man comes to mind who advanced almost alone against a formidable opponent. Jonathan, son of King Saul and best friend of David, the future king of Israel, wanted to strike a blow against the Philistine oppressors. I Samuel 14 gives us this record:


One day Jonathan son of Saul said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the Philistine outpost on the other side.” … No one was aware that Jonathan had left …  6 He said, “Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few.”


“Do all that you have in mind,” his armor-bearer said. “Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul …”


13 Jonathan climbed up … with his armor-bearer right behind him …   14 In that first attack Jonathan and his armor-bearer killed some twenty men in an area of about half an acre.


15 Then panic struck the whole army … It was a panic sent by God …


20 Then Saul and all his men assembled and went to the battle. They found the Philistines in total confusion, striking each other with their swords … 23 So on that day the Lord saved Israel


David and Jonathan

David and Jonathan (Photo credit: Lawrence OP)

The Lord saved Israel that day—through the actions of Jonathan. Regardless of our circumstances, we cannot defeat our adversaries alone. As with Jonathan and the Israelites, as with my dentist, Dr. Adams, victory must come from the Lord.


We have our ideas of what victory should look like—Kinley Adams safely off that mountain. But the shape of success is even bigger: already, we hear of prayer vigils and the coming together of many people spread across the Northwest, as well as a multitude directing their thoughts toward God and to one another—simply because of what’s happened to Kinley.


What is your expectation of what God will do in your present crisis? Are you expecting God to provide victory in the life of your child, your spouse, the medical prognosis of you or your loved one, or those who oppress and malign you?


Our perceptions matter. God will define even that.


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About samuelehall

A follower of Jesus, husband, father of 3 adult children, writer and learner.
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2 Responses to Man Lost on Mt. Hood

  1. Beth Vice says:

    We have been praying for Kinley as well. He’s been my dentist since about 1988 and I consider him a friend and brother in the Lord. It is true that we never know what we will encounter and must be prepared as best we can. But it’s also an important thing not to try and go it alone. Jonathan took his armor bearer with him and there are so many other accounts in the Bible of believers relying on each other in both physical and spiritual battle. We really do need each other. I’ve been reminded of this through several recent events. I don’t want pride to stand in my way of asking for help and companionship in this journey of life.

    • samuelehall says:

      Good comments, Beth. We don’t know if Kinley planned to go solo. He’d been going up on the mountain every 2 weeks or so, in preparation for his planned climb in Nepal. He has 2 backpacks–one for the Nepal trip and the other for his “practice climbs.” As it turned out, his transponder is still in his Nepal backpack; I’m sure he thought it was in the backpack he carried with him. Even for a climb up Mt. Hood, one has to start early, early! So he probably left home shortly after midnight. It’s easy to make that kind of mistake but if he’d had that transponder, we wouldn’t be having this discussion.
      But I’m with you; I hesitate to go solo, even on a long bike ride–esp. after I got knocked off my bike 2 years ago by a guy who ran a stop sign! There I was, all by myself …

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