A woman who was part of a climbing party at North Cascades National Park was hospitalized with critical injuries Saturday after being struck by a boulder.
Acting Superintendent Charles Beall said that the woman was climbing the south side route of Sahale Peak with six others when a man in the group apparently pulled a large boulder loose. The giant rock struck the man before rolling and striking the 24-year-old woman.
A member of the climbing party went to Cascade Pass and contacted a wilderness ranger; two rangers were dispatched to the injured climbers, Beall said. The woman was transported off the glacier by a helicopter and taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She is reported to have critical injuries, including multiple fractures. She is in stable condition, Beall said.
The 25-year-old man who had inadvertently loosened the boulder was treated for minor injuries, Beall said.
In a separate incident on Friday, search crews rescued two climbers in a basin below Luna Peak, Beall said. The three-person group had navigated the remote Picket Range and climbed other peaks before two in the group were struck and hurt by falling snow. The third member of the group was able to reach rangers, Beall said.
The two injured climbers, a 29-year-old man and woman, flown by helicopter to a local hospital. Beall said the 29-year-old woman has been treated and released.