Fatality on Mount Hood, Oregon

by JOSEPH B. FRAZIER, Associated Press Writer Rescuers looking for three missing climbers on Mount Hood (Oregon, USA) found a body Sunday in the area where one of the climbers made a distress call last week, authorities said. The dead climber had not yet been identified, said Pete Hughes, a spokesman for the Hood River County Sheriff´s Office.8a.nu scorecard ” Nice climb! 9 tries. Climbed it with a really bad cold. Maybe its 8c+, but who knows, Bad ass Route!” which immediately started a discussion on their message board about a possible downgrading of A Muerte which prompted Richard Simpson to say,”Throughout my time as aclimber I tended to avoid these ´holiday grades?, as us Brits put it- found in the likes of Magic Wood, Gorge Du Loup, Colorado etc etc- where it seems everyone can flash 8B boulders and climb 8B+ with relative ease. Instead, I tried to take a more innovative approach, by climbing in areas such as Peak district, Frankenjura, Buoux and Siurana, where only the very best can climb 8B boulders and 8c+/9a routes. It is through this experience that I believe that El Muerte is a ´proper´ 9A. El Muerte is, in my opinion the hardest route I have climbed, thus being harder than Action Directe, Hubble, Unplugged and also harder than many other 9a´s I have tried- Rainshadow, Northern Lights etc. Obviously grades are subjective- but I struggle to see how El Muerte could be considered as 8c+( even though I rather naively suggested that myself). If El Muerte is 8c+, then everything else in the world must go down by at least one or two grades (Kinematrix 8c, Action Directe 8c+ anyone?)”