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January 21, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Search resumes for four missing on Mount Rainier

At Mount Rainier, 26 searchers resumed combing the slopes and roads Saturday, looking for four people missing on the mountain since early last week.

Blizzard conditions Friday forced the search to end early, but mountain-rescue personnel and other searchers began again at 8 a.m. Saturday, concentrating on the Muir Snowfield, the upper Stevens Canyon drainage, Paradise Glacier and nearby areas, as well as searching closed roads by snowmobile, said Mount Rainier National Park spokeswoman Patti Wold.

Saturday’s conditions were better, Wold said, but winds were still about 50 mph at Camp Muir at the top of the snowfield.  
 
The park has a helicopter on standby from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, she said, but so far conditions at the mountain have not been good enough for flying.
 
The four missing people — two climbers and two campers — were well-equipped, rangers said. But they were due back from their trips early in the week, so there is concern about their supplies running out.
 

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