July 29, 2010 in Region

Seasoned climber dies on Mount Rainier


SEATTLE – A Seattle man who died from a fall into a crevasse on Mount Rainier was a beloved climber well-known in the city’s climbing circles for his spirited energy on mountains.

Lee F. Adams, 52, was part of a four-man crew descending the mountain on Emmons Glacier at about 13,000 feet Tuesday when the last person on the rope tripped and fell. The men were swept off their feet, couldn’t stop their fall and plummeted into a crevasse, where Adams died on impact, according to officials at Mount Rainier National Park.

Another climber was hurt, and the two others avoided injury when they fell onto a false floor. Adams fell farther, said park spokeswoman Lee Taylor.

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