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Alpine Experience buyer stranded on Rainier

Rescue efforts continued June 14 for a stranded climber on Mount Rainier, identified as the climbing and camping buyer for The Alpine Experience outdoor shop in Olympia, Wash.
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Rescue efforts continued June 14 for a stranded climber on Mount Rainier, identified as the climbing and camping buyer at The Alpine Experience outdoor shop in Olympia, Wash.

Rob Plankers is stranded along Liberty Ridge at about 13,600 feet, reportedly suffering hypothermia, Alpine Experience owner Joe Hyer told SNEWS. Plankers and two other climbers set out June 10 from White River to summit the 14,411-foot peak and were supposed to return June 12.

The two other climbers showed up a day late, June 13, between 3-5 p.m. at Camp Sherman, and alerted authorities that they had to leave Plankers on Liberty Ridge, so they could go get help, after he could no longer walk. Plankers reportedly has shelter, food and water, Hyer said.

A search by helicopter Tuesday morning failed to locate Plankers, a Mount Rainier National Park spokeswoman told the Associated Press. She said his camp may be covered by snow after the area was battered by high winds, which turned back several rescue attempts on Monday. The Joint Base Lewis-McChord helicopter crew refeueled the aircraft Tuesday afternoon and resumed the search.

Plankers, 50, is an experienced climber and has worked at Alpine Experience since 1999, Hyer said.



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