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June 2, 2014 at 8:56 AM

3 more who died on Rainier, a guide and 2 climbers, are identified

Update at 4:55 p.m.: One of six climbers on Mount Rainier was an executive for Intel, the San Jose Mercury News is reporting.

“Intel is greatly saddened to confirm that Intel Vice President Uday Marty is among the six mountain climbers missing and presumed dead following a fall on Mount Rainier,” the company said in a statement. “We are providing support in this difficult time to Uday’s wife and other members of his family.”

According to an Intel biography, the 40-year-old was managing director of the company’s business in Singapore — where he was based — and in Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, Indonesia, Cambodia and Brunei, according to the Mercury News. He previously managed Intel’s global notebook marketing at Intel’s Santa Clara headquarters and had been heavily involved with netbooks, a small computing device powered by Intel chips.

Update at 11:21 a.m.: Alpine Ascents confirmed the name of a second guide who was killed in a weekend climbing accident on Mount Rainier.

Eitan Green (Photo courtesy of Alpine Ascents)

Eitan Green (Photo courtesy of Alpine Ascents)

Eitan Green, 28, was one of two guides who died on the mountain, along with four climbers who made up the team. The other guide was Matthew Hegeman, 38.

According to a statement from Alpine Ascents:

“Matt and Eitan are near and dear to all of us at Alpine Ascents. While often guiding on Rainier and in the Cascades, their skill level and passion for the mountains were always at the forefront of their time in the field. Matt, intense, philosophical and driven by the right way to do things, left an indelible mark on all around him. His pursuit for excellence was matched by his sense of camaraderie and humor. Eitan, quick with a smile and exuberant, had that infectious nature of guides who love their work and time in the mountains. His talent as a strong leader and critical thinker in the wilderness was unsurpassed.”

According to the Alpine Ascents website, Green earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Colby College in Maine.  He had been guiding for Alpine Ascents since 2009 and climbed, trekked, and guided from India and Nepal to Alaska, Argentina and Europe.

“When not guiding, climbing or training, Eitan seeks out ways to maintain his fluency in Nepali and enjoys investigating the many parallels between risk management in the mountains and in financial markets,” the website said.

According to Green’s blog, he grew up in the Boston area until his junior year in high school, when he attended the Mountain School, a semester program run by Milton Academy in Vershire, Vt. While attending Colby College, Green spent a semester in northeast India and became fluent in Nepali. He began guiding while in college on with Acadia Mountain Guides in Maine and on ice at the International Mountain Climbing School in New Hampshire.

A memorial service for Green is scheduled for Thursday in Brookline, Mass., The Associated Press is reporting.
John Mullally was one of a party of six who died in a fall on Mount Rainier last week. (Photo courtesy of Holly Mullally)

John Mullally was one of a party of six who died in a fall on Mount Rainier last week. (Photo courtesy of Holly Mullally)

Holly Mullally, the wife of Seattle mountain climber John Mullally, confirmed this morning that her husband was among the six climbers killed on Mount Rainier, and said she, too, had been on climbs organized by Alpine Ascents International.

Through a friend, she issued this statement:

“My beloved husband, John Mullally, perished in the tragic accident on Mount Rainier this week.

“John was an amazing husband, father, friend, mountaineer, and all around human being.  Born in Woodinville, he had a deep affection for the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.  John lived to climb mountains, and had his first summit of Mount Rainier in his early 20s.  Although my heart is broken, I find peace in the knowledge that he died doing what he loved.  John always supported his loved ones in following their dreams, and I absolutely supported him in following his.

“Beyond his climbing, John’s accomplishments were many.  He began working in the Manufacturing division at Microsoft in his late teens, putting manuals in boxes and then becoming the fork lift driving instructor.  Eventually he taught himself to use Excel and took over a database management position in the warehouse, which eventually springboarded him into Microsoft ITG as a developer, development manager, and then, at age 30, into the Windows division as a Program Manager.  He had no formal training in computer science and was truly a self-made  man.  He was at Microsoft for over 20 years and always said that it is a place where, if you are smart and hard-working, you have every opportunity open to you.

“Our condolences go out to the families of the other climbers lost in this tragedy, and especially to Alpine Ascents International, which lost 2 of their most senior and long-term guides. I have personally climbed with AAI and Matt Hegeman, the lead guide, on Mount Baker and Mount Rainier in 2012. I respected his leadership and found him to be experienced, skilled, appropriately conservative, thoughtful, and someone who I could count on to keep my husband safe, barring tragedy beyond our control.

“John is survived by myself, his parents, his two sisters, and his two daughters age 5 and 9.  An educational memorial fund will be set up on their behalf.

“We thank everyone for their love and request privacy during this difficult time.”

Alpine Ascents confirmed Sunday that the victims included veteran guide Matt Hegeman, leading the climb. The name of another climber, Mark Mahaney of St. Paul, Minn., was confirmed by his family Sunday. The identities of two other climbers have not been released.

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| Topics: Alpine Ascents, climbers, rainier


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