Man Falls 1K Feet to His Death on Mt. Hood

Polish soldier was an inexperienced climber

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 14, 2013 7:01 AM CDT

(Newser) – The body of a Polish mountain climber has been found on Oregon's Mount Hood; he's at least the second person to be found dead on the mountain this month. Sebastian Kinasiewicz, 32, went missing while climbing on Sunday, and rescuers failed to locate him until his body was spotted from the air yesterday, the Oregonian reports. Kinasiewicz, a member of the Polish military, had apparently fallen 1,000 feet to his death from near the summit, though local authorities say his body fell into a dangerous area, making it currently "unrecoverable."

Kinasiewicz was in Oregon to train with a local drone manufacturer. A roommate says he had little climbing experience, and was inspired to summit Hood after other Polish military members did so last year, the AP reports. A spokesperson from the local sheriff's office says that although thousands climb the mountain every year, doing so in the summer can be unexpectedly dangerous, because the heat melts the ice and loosens rocks. "If you're not a climber, you might not understand that," he says. "You might think, 'Oh, it's nice out. It's a good day to go climbing.'"

Sebastian Kinasiewicz is seen in an undated photo provided by the Hood River County Sheriff's Office. The search resumed early Tuesday, Aug. 13. 2013 for Kinasiewicz, a Polish military man who failed...   (AP Photo/Hood River County Sheriff's Office)
Oregon's Mount Hood.   (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
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