Successful Rescue on Mount Rainier's Disappoint Cleaver

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Date: June 20, 2016

Two climbers were rescued on June 19th, from Disappointment Cleaver at 13,500' on Mount Rainier. The climbing team was overtaken by extreme weather while descending from a successful summit. They dug a snow cave and waited out the weather at 14,300' just below the crater rim. They activated their SPOT locator beacon twice on June 17th. Adverse weather delayed search and rescue operations until early morning June 19th, when clear weather permitted a search by the park contract helicopter. In spite of spending two nights in single digit temperatures the climbers were ambulatory and in stable condition. 

Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, and Olympic mountain rescues, and the US Army Reserve B Company of the 1-214th Air Battalion supported incident operations. 

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Last updated: June 20, 2016

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