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Missing climbers' equipment found

July 22, 2007 at 11:42 PM

COOPER SPUR, Ore., July 22 (UPI) -- Search and rescue volunteers have discovered a pile of climbing gear left behind by three climbers in Oregon, two of whom later disappeared.

About 130 volunteers spent Saturday on a mission searching for the bodies Brian Hall, 37, of Dallas and Jerry Cooke, 36, of New York. The third climber, Kelly James, 48, of Dallas, was found to have died of hypothermia in a snow cave, The Portland Oregonian reported.

Equipment left behind by the three included two sleeping bags, a tent, a stove, a shovel and other emergency equipment. Expert climbers said the three must have suffered, given the amount of equipment that was left behind, the Oregonian said.

The three climbers took their fatal hike up Mount Hood last December. Saturday's search did not turn up the bodies of Hall and Cooke, the Oregonian reported.

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