26-Year Old Des Moines Man Dies On Mt. Hood

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The Seattle Times is reporting that the body of a climber found Saturday (Dec. 12th) on Oregon’s Mount Hood was identified as 26-year-old Luke T. Gullberg of neighboring Des Moines.

Gulberg’s body was found around 10am on the Reid Glacier, at about the 9,000-foot level.

Reports are that weather conditions on the mountain are expected to improve, and will hopefully allow rescue personnel greater searching capabilities on Sunday to search for two other missing climbers.

“All three of these climbers were well equipped and experienced,” said Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Detective Jim Strovink.

According to the Times:

Two other climbers were still missing after a daylong search.

The remaining climbers still missing were identified as 24-year-old Anthony Vietti of Longview, Wash., and 29-year-old Katti Nolan of Portland.

Strovink said all three climbers were experienced and well-equipped.

A search is set to resume shortly after dawn on Sunday for Vietti and Nolan. The trio left Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood about 1 a.m. Friday and were reported missing when they failed to return Friday afternoon.

Our own research reveals a Des Moines-based Luke Gullberg on MySpace (“climb4life”) as well as Facebook:

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One Response to “26-Year Old Des Moines Man Dies On Mt. Hood”
  1. Greg Duff says:

    Luke was a great guy who loved life. He has spent quite a bit of time mountain climbing the last couple of years. Luke is a graduate of Mr. Rainier High School and attended Des Moines Gospel Church. He was very close to his family and especially his sister Becky.
    Luke will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by many of us who were lucky enough to call him friend.

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