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Officials ID Seattle climber killed in Mt. Hood fall

32-year-old was in Hogsback climbing area

(Update: Authorities identify fall victim)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Authorities say a 32-year-old Seattle climber has died after a 600-foot fall on Mount Hood.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office identified the climber Monday as John Thorton Jenkins of Seattle.

Authorities say Jenkins suffered severe injuries after sliding down steep terrain Sunday morning.

He was flown to a Portland-area hospital, where he died.

He was in the Hogsback area near the summit of the mountain when he fell.

Mount Hood is Oregon's tallest peak.

The summit at 11,240 feet attracts more than 10,000 climbers a year, many of whom make the ascent between April and June.


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