Overdue Parties Prepared for Winter Conditions
Contact: Patti Wold, 360-569-6563
Two parties expected off the mountain over the last two days are overdue according to their original plans. A party of two planning to winter camp on the Muir Snowfield over the weekend was due out on Sunday, January 15. A second party of two climbers on a summit attempt was due back yesterday, January 16th. Both parties are equipped for camping in winter weather. Due to weather conditions it is expected that they are waiting out the weather before attempting their descents to Paradise.
A limited field search is underway, but putting searchers extensively on the mountain is not expected due to the risk involved including current severe weather, white out conditions and high avalanche danger.
With the severe weather conditions over the weekend it is expected that the parties would be overdue. Visitors to the upper mountain are advised to stop moving, dig in and wait for better weather during severe weather and white out conditions. There is a winter storm warning in effect through Wednesday evening. The storm is predicted to bring 24 - 42" of new snow to Paradise. The road to Paradise will remain closed at Longmire today.
Did You Know?
In 1911, President William Howard Taft's touring car was the first vehicle to drive the newly-built road to Paradise. The road was very muddy, and the car had to be pulled through the upper portion by a team of mules. Learn more about Mount Rainier's transportation history at the following link: More...