6 missing Mount Rainier climbers believed to have fallen
Six climbers who were taking on one of the Mount Rainier’s most dangerous areas are presumed dead.
Rescuers say the climbers fell 3,000 feet.
On Monday four climbers and two experienced guides with Alpine Ascents international took off for a five day climb on Liberty Ridge.
It’s covered with snow, ice and jagged rocks.
The steepness is up to 50 degrees.
Alpine Ascents website says climbers have to carry 50 plus pounds of equipment when climbing up to eight hours a day.
On Wednesday evening the guides checked in by satellite phone saying they were ok, but were not heard from after that.
The climbers planned to reach the summit on Thursday and descend on Friday.
Employees at Alpine Ascents are reeling from the loss.
Up until today, helicopter crews were getting beacon signals from the climbers.