Climbers Missing on Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier

Six climbers described as “skilled” are missing on Washington’s Mount Rainier. The group was last heard from Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. via satellite phone in the Liberty Ridge area of the mountain.

The National Park service announced that a search is under way for the party, which includes two guides from Alpine Ascents International. That company announced the party missing yesterday at 4:30 p.m. The group left Monday along the north face of the mountain for a five-day ascent.

A search by Hughes helicopter has begun and three rangers began searching the Liberty Ridge area today by foot. An Army Chinook helicopter is on standby at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Flight restrictions are currently in place in the area.

Three rangers are searching the Liberty Ridge area on foot. Liberty Ridge is known as one of the more advanced routes on Mount Rainier. A prominent landmark of the Seattle skyline, Mountain Rainier attracts thousands of climbers every wanting to reach its 14,410 summit.

No further information was available from Alpine Ascents International about the missing climbers on Mount Rainier. That company’s website advertises “a unique approach to climbing Mount Rainier.”

Six climbers described as “skilled” are missing on Washington’s Mount Rainier. The group was last heard from Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. via satellite phone in the Liberty Ridge area of the mountain.

The National Park service announced that a search is under way for the party, which includes two guides from Alpine Ascents International. That company announced the party missing yesterday at 4:30 p.m. The group left Monday along the north face of the mountain for a five-day ascent.

A search by Hughes helicopter has begun and three rangers began searching the Liberty Ridge area today by foot. An Army Chinook helicopter is on standy at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Flight restrictions are currently in place in the area.

Three rangers are searching the Liberty Ridge area on foot. Liberty Ridge is known as one of the more advanced routes on Mount Rainier. A prominent landmark of the Seattle skyline, Mountain Rainier attracts thousands of climbers every wanting to reach its 14,410 summit.

No further information was available from Alpine Ascents International the missing climbers on Mount Rainier. That company’s website advertises “a unique approach to climbing Mount Rainier.”

By Gregory Baskin

Sources

Reuters
Yakima Herald
The Oregonian

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