FLASBACK! DECEMBER 2009-Search and rescue efforts for two mountain climbers stranded and lost on Mount Hood has been officially ended. Anthony Vietti of Longview and Katie Nolan of Portland are given up for dead. The father, Mr. Vietti, said they “were the epitome of living life to the full – an abundant life.” See previous CT article.
MT. HOOD, OR (KPLU NEWS), (2009-12-17) – After days without a sign of two lost climbers on Mount Hood, Clackamas County Sheriffs have officially ended the rescue effort. Searchers had struggled with limited visibilty, avalanche danger, and more recently, heavy snowfall…as they tried to find Anthony Vietti of Longview and Katie Nolan of Portland. Their fathers talked to the media yesterday. They said they accepted the decision to end the search…and the likelihood that their children had died on the mountainside. The body of a third climber, Luke Gullberg of Des Moines, was recovered on Saturday. Anthony Vietti’s father, John, emphasized the religious faith of all the climbers.
John Vietti: “Anthony and Kate and Luke were the epitome of living life to the full – an abundant life. But I want you to understand, that when they lived their lives abundantly, they didn’t just seek to summit all mountains that they could, that was only part of that full life. Their life wasn’t full because of their accomplishments, it was full because of their opportunity to serve God.”
John Vietti, and Katie Nolan’s father, David, repeatedly thanked the rescue teams, and people who’d offered them support over the last several days. Their press conference was carried by KGW television. © Copyright 2009, N3