Mount Rainier Rescue: Scaling Down Operations

After searching for more than a week, Major air, ground search fails to find four missing on Mt. Rainier. Sadly, they’re going to scale down the search operation.

This Associated Press article, As 4 remain missing on Mount Rainier, experts say volcano’s winter charms make rescues tough, takes a little closer look at the allure and danger of Rainier in the winter:

Winter storms on Mount Rainier are frequent, notoriously fierce and obstinate. Crews searching for the missing four people in the past week have been pushed back by winds of up to 60 mph, white out conditions, ice-crusted snow, avalanche dangers and snow depths of between 10 to 15 feet. Avalanche danger, poor visibility, bad weather and darkness can limit searches, experts said.

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