American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Bad Weather, Exposure—Washington, Mt. Rainier, Liberty Ridge

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  • Publication Year: 1977

BAD WEATHER, EXPOSURE—Washington, Mt. Rainier, Liberty Ridge. Tim Riordan (31), Jeff Jones (21) and Jack Tackle (23) were helicoptered from 8,500 feet on the Winthrop Glacier after a two day search effort. Bad weather conditions had forced them to hole up for several days at high elevations, including one day on the summit. Two of them suffered frostbite. Search efforts were hampered by the fact that these climbers had not signed out or made their route known to anyone. (Source: John Ritenour, Mt. Rainier National Park)

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