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The Today File

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February 17, 2015 at 9:19 AM

2 climbers injured in 800-foot slide down Mount Stuart in Chelan County

The Wenatchee World  (TNS)

LEAVENWORTH — Two men climbing Mount Stuart were injured Monday morning when they slid 800 to 1,000 feet while ascending the mountain, which is about 12 miles southwest of Leavenworth.

Eddie Mcfarland, 28, of Seattle, broke his upper leg, and Eric Strickler, 29, of Bainbridge Island, suffered head and neck injuries, according to a press release from Chelan County Emergency Management.

The accident happened on the northeast face of Mount Stuart when Mcfarland lost his footing and fell, then both of the climbers’ anchor points came loose, according to the press release. The men came to rest on a glacier.

One of the men activated an emergency beacon about 10 a.m., alerting the state Emergency Operations Center to the situation. A team of rescuers from Chelan County Mountain Rescue responded as did a hoist-capable helicopter from the King County Sheriff’s Office. Both men were hoisted off the mountain about 1:50 p.m.

Strickler was in satisfactory condition at Central Washington Hospital this morning. A condition report on Mcfarland was not available.

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