Mount Rainier National Park officials issued this press release today regarding a climbing accident over the weekend:
On the afternoon of Saturday, May 18, a party of three climbers was ascending Liberty Ridge near the Mount Rainier summit when a small avalanche swept away the lead climber and emplaced fall protection failed.
Self-arrest efforts by the group’s third member halted the descent of the entire group.
Despite the lead climber’s sustaining an angulated left lower leg fracture, the three climbers were able to reach the top of Liberty Cap.
On the morning of May 19, they contacted a climbing