Chuck Young, chief ranger at Mount Rainier National Park, released this incident report today:
A commercial guide service team just above the top of Disappointment Cleaver contacted the park just before 6 a.m. Saturday and reported coming upon a climber with a boot top fracture.
The climber, who was part of a group of five, was stabilized by guides while rangers on a summit patrol headed to the scene. The injured person was then lowered to the top of the cleaver, where a small landing zone was constructed in the snow.
A McDonnell Douglas MD-530 helicopter from Northwest Helicopters in Olympia with a ranger on board flew to the scene and medevaced the injured person, who was then transferred to an ambulance at the park’s helibase and taken to a hospital. Supervisory climbing ranger Brian Hasebe served as incident commander for the operation.