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Climbers caught by bad conditions on Mount Rainier

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on May 25, 2010 at 11:00 am with No Comments »
May 25, 2010 11:00 am

Winds reaching 110 mph caught a group of climbers and guides on Mount Rainier on Thursday, leaving two guides with frostbite on their hands.

Here is the report released today by Mount Rainier National Park chief ranger Chuck Young:

A group of climbers guided by one of the park’s permitted concession guiding companies encountered sudden extreme weather conditions while descending from the summit of Mount Rainier on May 20. Blizzard conditions with winds gusting to 110 mph made navigation and communications nearly impossible among all rope teams on the mountain.

One client became moderately hypothermic and two guides suffered from frostbite on their hands.

Guides from other companies who were in the area were summoned for assistance and all parties continued the descent. By midnight, all had been accounted for and had made it safely to shelter at the Camp Muir high camp. Rangers there assisted in warming and treating the individuals.

By the next morning, the weather had improved, as had the condition of the individuals, and all parties descended back down to Paradise without incident.

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