Bellevue Hikers on Mount Rainier Waiting Rescue, One Dead
LONGMIRE, Wash. (AP) - A hiker died on Mount Rainier Tuesday and two other hikers are awaiting rescue at Camp Muir located high on the volcano's flank. Park Ranger Sandi Kinzer has confirmed the death.
Park spokesman Kevin Bacher says rangers received a call at 3:30 a.m. that three hikers were trapped in a blizzard on the Muir snowfield. Weather prevented a rescue attempt at that time, but one of the hikers reached Camp Muir at 7:15 a.m. and was able to direct rescuers to the other hikers near Anvil Rock, a large outcropping at the edge of the Muir snowfield.
Camp Muir, a staging area for climbers, is at about 10,000 feet elevation on the 14,410-foot mountain.
Bacher says officials hope to get a helicopter to the scene Tuesday evening or early Wednesday if weather permits. Bacher says the three are described as two men and a woman in their early 30s, all from Bellevue. He says two had reached the summit of Mount Rainier previously.
Bacher says three doctors associated with a climbing concessionaire in the park are at Camp Muir with the hikers, who were suffering frostbite and hypothermia. According to Bacher, Camp Muir received 2 feet of fresh snow overnight, with 5-foot drifts.