Elite team searches for 4 missing on Mount Rainier

ASHFORD — An elite mountain rescue team is on its way up Washington’s Mount Rainier, searching for four people missing for days in a nasty storm.

The team of 10 highly experienced mountaineers is searching a portion of the intended route of a pair of overdue campers and a pair of climbers who were trying to summit the 14,410-foot volcano. The rescuers reached Camp Muir at the 10,000-foot level by midday Thursday, and that’s where they plan to spend the night.

The campers were due to return last Sunday, and the climbers had been scheduled to return on Monday. Rangers believe they were all well-equipped and experienced. It wasn’t immediately clear how much snow had fallen in the area, but about 2 feet had been dumped on lower parts of the mountain.

Officials are worried that the parties could be running out of supplies.

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