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Steve O
(HechoEnDetroit) - F

Locale: South Kak
"Hiker Killed, Two Others Injured On Mount Rainier" on 06/10/2008 19:49:26 MDT Print View

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POSTED: 12:57 pm PDT June 10, 2008
UPDATED: 6:38 pm PDT June 10, 2008

LONGMIRE, Wash. -- Following the issue of a rare June snow warning for the Cascades on Monday, a hiker was killed on Mount Rainier Tuesday and two other hikers are awaiting rescue at Camp Muir after they were trapped by severe weather during a hike.

The camp is a staging area for climbers located at about 10,000 feet elevation on the 14,410-foot mountain.

A spokesman for the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office told KIRO 7 News that they were notified of a death on the mountain but have not responded because the body has not yet been recovered. An official from the national park also confirmed the hiker's death with KIRO Tuesday afternoon.

A hiker called 911 at 3:30 a.m. and said that three people were trapped in a blizzard on the Muir snowfield.

"The conditions were extreme. It was very cold, very snowy; as bad as it gets up here," said park spokesman Kevin Bacher. "We received two feet of snow at Paradise overnight."

Heavy snow and near-zero visibility made it impossible for rescuers to start a search, but at 7:15 a.m. one hiker was able to reach Camp Muir and directed a search crew, which consisted of climbing guides and park rangers, to the other hikers near Anvil Rock, a large outcropping at the edge of the Muir snowfield.

By the time crews were able to reach the other hikers, one, identified only as a man in his 30s, was dead from exposure.

Bacher said that due to the injuries of the surviving hikers, who are suffering from frostbite and hypothermia, officials were hoping to get a Fort Lewis army helicopter to the scene, but by Tuesday evening, officials said the weather would not allow the victims' transport and they would have to wait until Wednesday morning, when a chopper will be on standby starting at 5 a.m.

Bacher said three doctors associated with a climbing concessionaire in the park are at Camp Muir with the hikers, a man and a woman, who are in serious but stable condition. The female survivor is the wife of the man who was killed. The other survivor is a family friend.

The hikers are all from Bellevue. Two are 31 years old and one is 35 years old. Bacher said two in the group had reached the summit of Mount Rainier previously. All three were described as very experienced hikers.

Christopher Holden
(back2basics) - F - MLife

Locale: Southeast USA
Re: "Hiker Killed, Two Others Injured On Mount Rainier" on 06/10/2008 20:02:14 MDT Print View

Bummer. That's a helluva way to ruin a vacation.
Just a thought... when ARMY/SAR has to fly in medics, supplies, etc, does anyone get a bill for that?
I was just thinking that would add insult to injury if the surviving wife got a bill for services rendered after watching her husband die.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Hikers Killed on 06/10/2008 21:40:12 MDT Print View

WOW!!! Our prayers and thoughts go out to there families.

Jake Calabrese
(trekmore) - F

Locale: Colorado
man- our friends are/were climbing rainer right now... on 06/10/2008 22:21:08 MDT Print View

I need to call them... just sent a text... they live 2 doors down and we backpack/hike/hang with them all the time...
- Jake

>> Looks like all hikers were from WA. We are in CO so not our friends, but someones friends and family... man that just sucks... dangerous stuff...

Edited by trekmore on 06/10/2008 22:24:28 MDT.

Nathan Boddy
(nnboddy) - MLife

Locale: Hamilton
"Hiker Killed, Two Others Injured On Mount Rainier"" on 06/10/2008 23:03:14 MDT Print View

Just a thought... when ARMY/SAR has to fly in medics, supplies, etc, does anyone get a bill for that?

Thankfully, the Feds foot the bill for the ARMY portion of it. The SAR is another story, but unless the SAR out in Washington functions differently that it does here in Colorado or Montana, the family will not be billed.

Once survivors hit the private sector medical field; however, i.e. Life Flight, the hospital, and ambulance, the meter starts running... fast.