UPDATE: Mount Rainier National Park released a statement March 13. It is included below.
It took nearly a decade, but two Mount Rainier National Park climbing rangers were presented Department of the Interior Valor Awards last week by department secretary Ken Salazar in Washington, D.C.
Paul Charlton and Glenn Kessler earned the honor for their part in rescuing three people on Mount Rainier’s upper slopes in June 2002. Charlton and Kessler rescued the injured people from a crevasse on the Ingraham Glacier, according to a DOI statement. During the rescue they found the empty camp of two climbers …