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Wed., Aug. 20, 2014, 12:37 p.m.

Helicopter used to recover bodies of Mount Rainier climbers

This photo provided by the National Park Service shows the Liberty Ridge area of Mount Rainier as viewed from the Carbon Glacier on Saturday. Six climbers headed to Liberty Peak are presumed dead. (Associated Press)
This photo provided by the National Park Service shows the Liberty Ridge area of Mount Rainier as viewed from the Carbon Glacier on Saturday. Six climbers headed to Liberty Peak are presumed dead. (Associated Press)

MOUNTAINEERING -- A helicopter crew using a grabber device on a long cable were able to recover the bodies of three Mount Rainier climbers today from a dangerous slope below the Willis Wall.

The climbers died in a fall while attempting a difficult and dangerous route up Liberty Ridge in May. Their bodies were detected during a training flight this week in the debris field on the Carbon Glacier.

See the report from KOMO TV.




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Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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