Six Mountain Climbers Presumed Dead On Mount Rainier, Highlight Hollywood News
A ground search spotted camping and climbing gear at the 9,000-foot Carbon Glacier. A helicopter was able to fly low enough that it detected a beacon signal in the area where the gear was found.
The climbers had indicated on Wednesday that weather was moving in, and it’s believed they most likely hunkered down at that time. The beacon signal was coming from a debris area, where rock, ice and snow were continuously coming down.
Searchers can’t get into the area because of the extreme danger. Park officials said there would be a “limited and continuous” search.
Mount Rainier National Park spokeswoman Patti Wold said two guides with Alpine Ascents International and four clients had been reported missing Friday at about 4:30 p.m. PDT. Wold says the party went in on Monday and were due out Friday.
The last time anyone spoke to them was Wednesday around 6 p.m. via satellite phone. At that time the party was at 12,800 feet with plans to stay overnight.
The identities of the climbers were not immediately available.
Mount Rainier, southeast of Seattle, stands at 14,410 feet and attracts thousands of climbers trying to reach its summit every year.