Tuesday, February 19, 2008

"Generosity Springs from Grief"

The Oregonian, Portland's main newspaper, ran an article Tuesday, February 19, about the families of Brian and Nikko, the two climbers who have never been found.

Dwight Hall spent most of the day Monday driving around Mount Hood,taking advantage of the clear, sunny weather to take in the 11,239-foot peak from different angles. He lingered longest on the mountain's northeast face, where searchers believe his son, Brian Hall, died with another climber in December 2006.

The mountain, said Dwight Hall of Rapid City, S.D., "has a draw on me."

It's a sentiment shared by many of the search and rescue professionals -- some paid, some volunteer -- who routinely drop everything to look for missing climbers, hikers and skiers on the nation's busiest mountainside. And it's why Hall wanted to be here to thank searchers for their desperate efforts 14 months ago and to hand over the largest donation in memory for most of the organizations.


Anonymous said...

Just read the article on katu.com. Your families are amazing. Thank you for supporting our community. I see the mountain every day on my way to work and quite frankly you all are in my thoughts (especially on those rare clear days when the mountain just jumps out of the sky). This story touched so many of us. I learned a lot about climbers and the passion they share. Your brother, father, son, friend, cousin, husbands' legacys will live for a very long time in our state. They are not forgotten and neither are you. God bless you. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the update.I still pray they'll come home.I also still pray for the families.Please keep us updated.

Anonymous said...

I still find it so sad that with all of our wonderful technology, we still cannot find the bodies of these two climbers. I pray that someday soon, they will be found, and that their families can finally lay them to rest in familiar surroundings. I know it would do little to ease their loss, but the unknown is oftentimes much harder to bear than that which is known. My prayers go out to the families and loved ones of all the climbers who have gone missing from the mighty mountain, or have lost their lives in the attempt to reach the summit.

Anonymous said...

I do feel so sorry for the families. Because the missing climbers were selfish, selfish, selfish to take those risks. Their families will also have a dark mark on their holidays, as it is close to the anniversary of their deaths. What were they thinking? Why did the "thrill" outweight common sense? It continues to happen over and over again. I can only imagine they each had a death wish.

God bless their families.

Anonymous said...

Thank you!!!
3 years ago I was sitting whatching you guys go through the same thing that my family is going through, I never thought that this would ever be happening to me.

Alaskan_one said...

My heart aches for Luke and the climbers that are still missing. I sit back, not knowing a single one of them personally, but I sit back and grieve as though I did.
Luke was such a blessing while he was here on this earth. Everyone of those young people were.
My prayer is that God will provide comfort as much as possible, to the families in these difficult times.