TACOMA, Wash — Two climbers were rescued by helicopter Friday after one fell into a crevasse the day before on Mount Rainier.
The climbers had been in contact with the National Park Service beginning Wednesday evening, when they stopped their summit bid at 12,800 feet because of adverse weather, according to the NPS. They didn’t initially ask for assistance, the Seattle Times reported.
But the climbers called for help Thursday after one of them fell 80 feet into a crevasse at about 12,200 feet above sea level and suffered arm and leg injuries, officials said.
The climber who fell was able to communicate with Mount Rainier National Park dispatchers, as well as his partner on the Kautz Glacier, but authorities could not immediately launch a rescue effort because of deep snow, limited visibility and strong and erratic winds, according to the Park Service.
Heavy winds thwarted rescuers’ efforts to reach the climbers Friday morning, but rescuers were able to reach the pair several hours later.
The climbers were on the Kautz Glacier climbing route below the Wapowety Cleaver and had planned to descend the Disappointment Cleaver route when one of them fell into the crevasse, officials said.
In March, two climbers from Washington needed rescue after they became stranded on Mount Hood. A number of search and rescue groups worked to rescue the two climbers in a two-day effort. One climber was taken to the hospital with critical injuries and another was declared dead after they fell approximately 200 feet in the Leuthold Couloir area.