Man spends night on Mt. Adams after father dies during climb

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Mount Adams.

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) – The Yakima County Sheriff's Office says a young Oregon man watched his father fall to his death on Mount Adams, then spent the night on the peak before he was able to report the accident.

Authorities say the man in his 20s was climbing the mountain with his 60-year-old father, Lynn Abernathy, and had reached the summit on Wednesday when the weather deteriorated on their way down. While descending, Abernathy fell and slid down a steep slope. The son said that by the time he reached his father, he was dead.

Sheriff's deputies said they are from Aurora, Ore.

The sheriff's office says the young man couldn't immediately call to report the accident because his cell phone had no service. He reported the death Wednesday.

Yakima County Sheriff Sgt. George Town says searchers located the father's body Friday afternoon.