Avalanche at Mount Rainier may have claimed at least one climber

Posted By: Steve Bellamy on June 5, 2010 8:08 pm

A massive slide at Mount Rainier this morning may have claimed the life of at least one climber.  The avalanche was estimated to be over a million square feet and took out a number of climbing teams on the Ingraham Direct Route. 

According to Mount Rainier National Park spokesperson Patti Wold, at least one person thought to be climbing alone is likely buried in the snow.  And, unfortunately they can’t really do much in terms of on the snow rescue because the avalanche danger is so high. 

The hiker is thought to have been buried now for 15 hours.  Helicopters airlifted numerous people out as well as a couple of people to local hospitals where all are thought to be fine.  One hiker additionally walked down the mountain. 

Giant avalanches in the June are not as common, but with this years late snowfall will likely be more common this year.