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August 20, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Bodies of 3 missing climbers recovered from Mount Rainier

The bodies of three climbers were recovered Tuesday from Mount Rainier.

The bodies were found in a debris field on the Carbon Glacier below Liberty Ridge, the same location where six climbers went missing following a fall on May 31, said Patti Wold, spokeswoman for Mount Rainier National Park. While the three dead climbers are believed to be members of the missing climbing party, it will be up to the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office to make positive identification, she said.

The bodies were spotted on Aug. 7  during a training flight after recent warm weather melted ice and snow, Wold said.

No other remains have been found, she said.

The six climbers were killed in a 3,300-foot fall along the steep north slope of Mount Rainier in the worst disaster on the mountain in more than three decades.

They were identified as Matthew Hegeman, 38, and Eitan Green, 28, two guides for Alpine Ascents International, the mountaineering company that led the climb; Erik Britton Kolb, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; John Mullally of Seattle, Mark Mahaney of St. Paul, Minn., and Uday Marty of Singapore.

The six died while attempting to summit the 14,411-foot peak via Liberty Ridge, the most challenging of the guided ascents to the summit. Climbers approach from the north side of the mountain along a route where rock and ice falls pose a significant risk.

The climbers had left May 26 on a five-day trip.

 

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