KOMO-TV reports Matthew Bunker, 28, was reported missing June 26 by other people in his climbing party. The 28-year-old was skiing behind his partner at about 10,400 feet in elevation near Thumb Rock.
Bunker fell in steep train and wasn’t found until days later.
The National Park Service’s A-Star B3 helicopter and Mount Rainier National Park climbing rangers made several aerial reconnaissance missions during the search to find Bunker.
Authorities found him at the base of a cliff that is inaccessible by ground or aviation teams. The area's frequent rock and ice fall poses too high of a risk for rescue personnel to access the location, authorities said. ...
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More information in the article. Sounds like he will be staying up there. ~z
This is very sad. Does anyone know if they would have ascended via Liberty or a diff route before skiing down? I ask because I was over on Ruth Mtn the same day and could see through binoculars a team of 2 below the summit at 2pm on the Emmons route just as a lenticular cloud was forming over the summit. I assumed they would be coming down but to my surprise this party was still heading up.
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