Mount Rainier National Park officials this afternoon said the search for a missing climber – believed to be 50-year-old Rob Plankers of Olympia – has been scaled down to a “continuing limited search.”
Climbing rangers believe Plankers slid to his death on Liberty Ridge last week.
Earlier search efforts provided distinctive clues that indicate the climber fell from his exposed bivy at 13,600 feet, said a park news release.
Search efforts focused heavily in areas where the fallen climber would have likely come to rest. Much of the search area is composed of icefall debris, several heavily crevassed areas …