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Tag: Mark Wedeven


Search for missing climber called off

Dangerous avalanche conditions, worsened by new snow overnight, have led Mount Rainier National Park officials to call of the search for the body of Mark Wedeven. The 29-year-old Olympia man has been missing since he was swept away by a large avalanche Saturday morning.
“We haven’t had a chance to do much searching on the mountain because avalanche conditions are so bad,” said park spokesman Kevin Bacher.

“Given that, and that it’s a recovery situation and not a rescue, there isn’t any sense putting people at risk,” he added.

Climbing rangers Glenn Kessler and Tom Payne spent about two

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Conditions slow search for missing climber

Searchers have so far failed to find an Olympia man believed to have died in an avalanche early Saturday morning on Mount Rainier.

Avalanche conditions improved enough this morning to allow two rescue rangers to look for 27-year-old Mark Wedeven, said park spokesman Kevin Bacher.

Rangers Glenn Kessler and Tom Payne are on the scene on the Ingraham Direct route.

“They have been searching slowly and methodically because of the avalanche conditions, but so dar they have not found anything,” Bacher said.

Park official are now looking at this as a recovery mission and not a rescue, as Wedeven is

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