Reduced capabilities for rescues on Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier has a reduced ability to rescue people at high altitudes. Last year, a climbing ranger died during a rescue at 13,900 feet. Following that accident, the use of CH-47 Chinhook helicopters for hoist operation was suspended. That helicopter can operate at up 15,000 feet and lift victims into the helicopter.

Without that resource, rescues at high altitudes may be longer and more dangerous.

The park is working on a alternative helicopter rescue method, but it won’t be in action for a while.

What this means, in short, is that if you’re going to be climbing Mount Rainier, you need to know what you’re doing and be well prepared. If you get in trouble, you can’t count on a quick rescue.

The park has more information about it here.

More in Life

Beer of the Week: 5 Rights Brewing’s Fresh hop imperial IPA

The Marysville brewery named its beer Wobbly the Laborer after the Industrial Workers of the World.

Get schooled on Texas BBQ at this Monroe restaurant in a bus

Brisket, pulled pork, sausage, chicken and the fixin’s all await you near the Reptile Zoo on U.S. 2.

Spy comedy ’Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ is laugh-out-loud funny

It’s a superficial but energetic sequel to the 2014 film about a clandestine British secret service.

Ben Stiller was born to play title character in ‘Brad’s Status’

Writer-director Mike White’s script has plenty of Brad’s voiceover, so this movie feels like a novel.

‘Friend Request’ a horror flick about the dangers of Facebook

Though it’s a little behind the times, Simon Verhoeven’s film about social media is effectively done.

39th annual Arts of the Terrace attracts regional artists

The Mountlake Terrace juried show features paintings, drawings, photography, miniatures and more.

Beer, wine, spirits: Snohomish County booze calendar

End of Summer Beer Garden Hog Roast: Seattle’s Ravenna Brewing is hosting… Continue reading

See both versions of ‘The Odd Couple’ on Historic Everett stage

The Outcast Players perform Neil Simon’s classic comedy with alternating male and female casts.

Hear new songs from Josh Clauson at Saturday release party

The producer of the Summer Meltdown music festival and Flowmotion band leader has a solo album out.

Most Read