Upper Mountain Rescue off the Emmons Glacier
Contact: Patti Wold, PIO, 360-569-6563
A male Canadian climber sustained multiple traumatic injuries from a fall while descending off the summit at 13,500' at the top of the Emmons Glacier on Sunday, July 7th. The incident was reported at Camp Schurman at approximately 4:00 pm by four members of the climber's nine person climbing party. Rescue operations were immediately set in motion. An Army Reserve Chinook helicopter inserted two climbing rangers at Liberty Saddle, approximately 300' above the scene. They assessed the patient and packaged him for flight. The patient was extracted by Chinook at 9:10 pm and taken to Madigan Army Medical Center.
Approximately 33 personnel were assigned to the incident. Partners involved in the mission include US Army Reserve 214th Air Division out of Joint Base Lewis McChord and Northwest Helicopters out of Olympia, Washington.
Did You Know?
Floyd Schmoe was Mount Rainier's first full-time Park Naturalist. In 1923, he launched the park's "Nature Notes", a series of writings on various park-related topics. There are hundreds of editions of the notes in the park's collection, all of which are accessible through the Mount Rainier History & Culture webpage: More...