This photo provided by the National Parks Service, shows the Liberty Ridge Area of Mount Rainier as viewed from the Carbon Glacier, Saturday, May 31, 2014, in Washington state. Six climbers missing on Mount Rainier are presumed dead after helicopters detected pings from emergency beacons buried in the snow thousands of feet below their last known location, a national park official said Saturday. (AP Photo/National Park Service)
Search for climbers may not start for months, if ever
By RACHEL LA CORTE and PHUONG LE
| The Associated Press
First Published Jun 02 2014 01:56 pm • Last Updated Jun 02 2014 01:56 pm
Seattle • It may be weeks or months — if ever — before rescuers can get on the ground to search for six climbers who likely plummeted to their deaths high on snow-capped Mount Rainier in Washington state.
The bodies of the six climbers who fell to their deaths last week on the 14,410-foot glaciated peak may never be recovered, authorities say, because of the hazardous terrain.
Alpine Ascents International, the climbing company leading the excursion, identified the two guides on their website as Matthew Hegeman and Eitan Green.
The Seattle Times reported that Seattle mountain climber John Mullally was one of the six who died. His wife, Holly Mullally, issued a statement Monday saying that she had previously been on climbs organized by the company and had also climbed with Hegeman.
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