- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

CHELAN COUNTY, Wash. (AP) - Officials say the search for a Portland man who planned to climb Colchuck Peak near Leavenworth but failed to return on time has been suspended.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Tuesday the search has been suspended due to rain and snow.

Officials say Adam Ochshorn started hiking to Colchuck Lake Friday, planned to camp and then climb a steep, narrow gully to reach Colchuck Peak on Saturday.

He was expected out late Saturday or early Sunday, but didn’t return.

He is described as an experienced and technical climber who had hiked in the Colchuck area this summer.

Searchers had looked for Ochshorn by ground and helicopter since Sunday. Ochshorn’s vehicle was found near the campground and his campsite was found unoccupied.

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