Two climbers were rescued Sunday after spending two nights in stormy conditions near the summit of Mount Rainier, park officials said Monday.
The climbers were overtaken by extreme weather while descending from the 14,411-foot summit and dug a snow cave to wait out the weather. Their cave was near 14,300 feet.
Twice Friday, the climbers — whose names were not released — sent distress signals using their personal locator beacon, but conditions delayed rescuers until Sunday morning.
When the weather cleared, a search helicopter was sent.
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The climbers were flown from Disappointment Cleaver, about 13,500 feet, park spokeswoman Patti Wold said.
“In spite of spending two nights in single-digit temperatures, the climbers were ambulatory and in stable condition,” according to a statement released by the park.
Tacoma, Seattle, Everett and Olympic mountain rescue units helped with the search. B Company of the 1-214th Air Support Battalion, Army Reserve, supported operations.
The climbers were on the most-used route for summiting the mountain. They were not affiliated with any of the three guide services, Wold said.