KING-TV reported that the climbers fell 50 feet at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday at Emmons Glacier. The climbers, all Canadian, were rescued by helicopter after another climbing party found them Sunday morning.
Two of the climbers were critically hurt and taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. A third climber was taken to another hospital. No other information about the accident was immediately available.
The Seattle Times reported that rain over the weekend as high as 11,000 feet had later frozen, causing icy conditions that led one climbing team, RMI Summit Guides, to end its bid for the 14,411-foot summit at the 11,200-foot level. Team members had encountered treacherous conditions and turned back Sunday, making their way across Cowlitz Glacier to safety at Camp Muir and back to the base.
About 10,000 people try summit Mount Rainier every year, and slightly more than half reach the top, according to park information. The Emmons Glacier route is one of the most difficult for climbers.
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