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June 9, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Mount Rainier accident: Stop blaming climbers for costs

A photo provided by the National Park Service shows Liberty Ridge and the Carbon Glacier, with a helicopter at top right. (National Park Service)

Like many in the climbing community, I was sad to see the recent Rainier climbing accident, and proud of the rangers, guide service and community response [“Liberty Ridge is risky, deadly Mount Rainier route,” Local News, June 2].  One thing I hope to address is the knee-jerk reaction that I almost always see online after any such accident:  Climbers (or their survivors) should be sent a


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May 23, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Mountain rescues: Taxpayers should not take on risk

Aviators fly the CH-47D Chinook helicopter at 8,500 feet, practicing a live hoist extraction on 14,411-foot Mount Rainier on Wednesday. A test dummy simulating a hiker was lowered on a stretcher, tended to medically and hoisted back up within an hour. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

There will always be individuals among us who want to partake in adrenaline pumping, limit pushing, not-for-the-weak-of-mind activities [“Mount Rainier rescuers practice for the inevitable,” Local News, May 21]. I myself have enjoyed the thrills of skydiving in the past.

But there are certain risks associated with these sports, and all those who participate must accept responsibility for their decisions. It was this notion that got me thinking: How can climbers in Washington, knowing full well the risks of their sport, and the unpredictable power of Mother Nature, in good conscious climb the


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