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Tag: Liberty Ridge


Three climbers rescued last weekend on Mount Rainier

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

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Rescuers fear climber took “unsurvivable” fall on Mount Rainier’s Liberty Ridge

Rescuers fear that a climber who was left high on the slopes of Mount Rainier on Monday may have fallen 2,000 feet down Liberty Ridge

“The fall would have been unsurvivable,” park spokeswoman Lisa Lombard said.

While she said rescuers have been unable to confirm that the 50-year-old Olympia man fell she said “it was most likely him.”

Rescuers searching by air spotted a slide path and no sign of Rob Plankers.

Rescue crews continue to search the area, but the Chinook helicopter has returned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and a lighter helicopter is now being used to search the

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