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Rainier avalanche

Postby nickmech » Sun Jun 06, 2010 2:12 am

Breaking news of climbers on Rainier.http://www.mynorthwest.com/?nid=11&sid=328676 Been on that route many times.
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Postby TimmyC » Mon Jun 07, 2010 4:11 am

Uff. And climbing without a permit? If mystery dude didn't get caught in the slide then there's a BIG incentive for him to stay unidentified to avoid fines, fees and press exposure, and mystery dude's incentive only gets bigger the longer the search goes on. Best case, he calls and fesses up before they start the search up again tomorrow (but from the look of the weather out the window, tomorrow might be dicey, too).
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Postby tkoooooooooo » Mon Jun 07, 2010 4:21 am

If he gets off the mountain, he should make an anonymous call confirming that he's off the mountain...from a pay phone of course!
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Postby peladoboton » Mon Jun 07, 2010 4:26 am

tkoooooooooo wrote:If he gets off the mountain, he should make an anonymous call confirming that he's off the mountain...from a pay phone of course!


c'mon man, dont you watch spy shows these days? its all disposable cell phones now!! :wink:

i agree he better need rescuing or he better fess up NOW....$10K in chopper fuel can be burned way too fast in a situation like that.
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Postby TimmyC » Fri Jun 11, 2010 1:55 am

Bummer, but it doesn't sound like he'll be making it home: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2010/06/10/1220372/avalanche-danger-delays-search.html

Dangerous avalanche conditions, worsened by new snow overnight, led Mount Rainier National Park officials on Wednesday to call off the search for the body of Mark Wedeven.

The 29-year-old climber from Olympia has been missing since he was swept away by an avalanche Saturday.

“We haven’t had a chance to do much searching on the mountain because avalanche conditions are so bad,” park spokesman Kevin Bacher said. “Given that, and that it’s a recovery situation and not a rescue, there isn’t any sense putting people at risk.”

Climbing rangers Glenn Kessler and Tom Payne spent about two hours Tuesday searching for Wedeven at 11,200 feet elevation. After digging several test pits to gauge avalanche conditions, the two suspended the search and returned to Camp Muir.

Bacher said Wedeven’s family understood the decision.
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