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Posted on 05/31/2014 9:37:38 PM PDT by steve86
There is no chance of survival for six missing Mount Rainier climbers, officials say. The two guides and four clients from Seattle-based Alpine Ascents International were last heard from at 6 p.m. Wednesday by satellite phone.
Six climbers were killed in a 3,300-foot fall along the steep north slope of Mount Rainier, officials said Saturday, in the worst disaster on the mountain in more than three decades.
Searchers found tents and clothes, mixed with rock and ice, in a debris field along the Carbon Glacier at 9,500 feet, according to the National Park Service. The groups climbing route, to Liberty Peak, is prone to slides and considered relatively difficult.
The six climbers two guides and four clients from Seattle-based Alpine Ascents International were last heard from at 6 p.m. Wednesday by satellite phone. At that time the party was at 12,800 feet with plans to camp overnight.
When they failed to return Friday as planned, the company contacted park rangers. Alpine Ascents is the company that lost five Sherpas at Mount Everest this spring.
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So very sad.
I was just reading about this on Daily Mail U. They were still hoping for the best.
When you “challenge” nature, nature often wins. Bit dangerous to trudge through icy irregular terrain at 10,000 feet.Vast majority of people choose not to do so and take enough necessary risks in their daily lives. Just hope there are no additional deaths in the rescue crews or with those who try to recover the corpses.
“The mountains don’t care.”
saw the chief park ranger say on the 6pm news that the bodies may never be recovered due to the risk the area where the climber are presents.
What a stupid thing to die for. RIP.
Ultimately proves unsatisfying and empty.
Alpine Ascents is the company that lost five Sherpas at Mount Everest this spring.
The same company has lost 7 guides and 4 clients in a matter of months? Wow.
A man’s got to know his limitations.
Nature and Survival of the fittest (or the smartest) takes care of things handily.
I used to identify with mountain climbers, but now I just see it as a macho, egocentric bunch of bulls***. Most of them are liberals, and I’ll just spit it back in their face: Oh, you tried to conquer nature? Well too bad.
Why should we mourn for those who die in useless activities intended only to glorify their own egos? I used to fall for that crap, but I don’t anymore.
Is that you again Callahan?
Same way I feel about hang-gliding, and even motorcycling though I have a bike:
I like to keep my bones inside my body.
These people fell/slid 3,000+ feet? To h*** with that!
I’ll climb a bar stool and use a safety belt.
I see what you did there.
Dead 'Progressives' with more money than smarts, praying at the alter of Gaia...
No great loss. Watch them blame Climate Change, and by extension Capitalism.
I climbed rainier 2 years ago in bad wind conditions. The guide company, RMI, almost turned us around. That being said, I don’t understand the sneering contempt on this thread. It was one of the most awesome things I have ever done. Chill out guys - climbing mountains is for anyone with courage and a little crazy. Tragic accident.
Agreed. It was an accident. Happens daily in many sports. I have a friend who has been hit 3 times by stray golf balls in that genteel of sports.
Or we could all just sit in our Lazy Boys and b&tch all day.
Things always look different from higher up.
I have a cousin on this list.
Fell or carried down by ice, snow and rock 3,300 feet. They are in pieces.
... I suppose all chained to each other. one goes, then all of the others.
is it typical for an effort to be made
to recover the bodies,
or are they just left there?
Almost every year we have at least one hiking or climbing death on that mountain.
Quite often, the victims have extensive experience, and have climbed or hiked all over the world.
Mt. Rainier is a seriously dangerous mountain.
They need to limit the height of mountains to 10,000 feet.
More people have died climbing mountains than nuclear power plant accidents in Western countries, and China, India, Australia. Why are the enviro crackpots not protesting mountain climbing?
Thanks! I needed that!
Men love doing dangerous things and challenging themselves, it’s exciting and invigorating.
Thank God there are enough of the risk lovers to fill our more high speed military units.
Mountain climbing is as dangerous... as it looks.
The question is whether these people were brave or just stupid?
You make a pretty good point, Steve, if it's about courage. I have zero clue as to the real mountain-climbing ethic, but if it's like some other high-risk pursuits whose ethic I do know, it's not about courage, it's about adrenalin. Granted, mountain climbing may be different. But there are a lot of folks just naturally driven to chase adrenalin, do seemingly risky things, fast machines, high seas fishing, motorcycles, super-fast airplanes, surfing, skateboarding, skydiving --
-- I don't think it's about courage. It's about the rush!
After you 15 putt the first hole, it is generally a good idea to ask the people behind you if they want to play through.
To me -- and I may be wrong -- but to me, they're not heroes, they're just adrenalin junkies who went out doing what they loved. It's okay by me! It's between each the climber and his Maker. Whether God frowned on them for squandering their lives or smiled on them for living what He gave them so fully and joyfully, is something I'm not privilege to.
Corny, I know, but at least they went out doing what they loved.
A high school and college friend of mine was killed on Ranier in 78 or so.
Bob Gaultney RIP....long time gone
Ole Miss Pike
I was at Ranier last September
Big mountain...biggest dome and prominence in lower 48 I think
Freepers really suck sometimes.
A real confederacy of nasty jackasses.
What percentage....who knows....
You just described about half the boys who post here.
The cat ladies are actually nicer to be fair.
It's interesting. I've got my PPL and I think you motorcycle guys are nuts, but then they just turn around and say the same about me.
“When you challenge nature, nature often wins.”
That’s why I stay in my house as much as possible. Nature, it just ain’t for me.
RIP to the lost in both events mentioned here.
“Ill climb a bar stool and use a safety belt.”
LOL - meet you there!
Maybe we can round up a couple of Sherpas, those folks could probably use a drink.
Endorphins actually. They do it for the endocrine system. I know, I am an irrational seeker of risk in circumstance I believe I understand and can manage. It. Is compelling and yet really not safe.
That's wayyyy to reckless for me.
Different mountain, different year, and the merry month of May. Mother nature doesn’t play favorites.
In memory of a friend who’s child was lost in the Mt Hood tragedy.
I amen your post 26. Climbing dangerous mountains on your own volition is not courage, nothing resembling it.
So true there are risks in very thing one does. It is starting to sound like a bunch of liberals here.
Sit home drink your coffee and beer do nothing it is a bit safer.
I am going out and enjoy life doing things I find enjoyable.
If I die doing one of those things well no one leaves this life alive.
While my sympathy goes out to the victims and their loved ones, I have mixed emotions about why these people died. Like sky diving, mountain climbing by its very nature is dangerous. Climbers know the dangers and take their chances each time the make attempts at climbing to lofty peaks which are but places for birds to perch. No matter what equipment and safeguards are used, one miscalculation, one misstep, etc. and its over.
That's what I did when I used to play. Although I used 10 putt as the mark. Seven approach, 10 putt. (on a par 3) :^)
This thead is sad to read. Not for the departed, though that is unfortunate, but for what it shows Americans have become. Afraid, and way too pampered.
Climb mountains, ride motorcycles, fly planes, explore caves, drive fast, challenge yourselved. Break the goddammit rules. Test yourselves.
These whiners aren’t who American men used to be. Too many wusses who are afraid of their own shadow. Geez.
I’m sorry to hear that Newtoidaho ((((Hugs))))