Miss­ing climbers trav­eled far to as­cend Rainier

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

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.

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