Missing climbers traveled far to ascend Rainier
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The climbers who likely died on snow-capped Mount Rainier in Washington state this week traveled from as far as Singapore and Minnesota to ascend the 14,410-foot glaciated peak.
The mountain, southeast of Seattle, is popular with climbers of all abilities, but the victims in last week’s climbing accident — two guides and four clients — were experienced climbers who were taking on a more technical and challenging route.
The identities of the two guides from Seattle-based Alpine Ascents International were released on its website Monday. The company and Mount Rainier National Park have refused to release other names, citing privacy issues, but family members and colleagues have released details on three other climbers.