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Hikers Stranded in 60 mph Winds/-30 Temps on Emmens Glacier on Rainier

June 23 2003 at 9:41 AM
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Jack and Nancy LaMont woke up about 2 a.m. early Saturday at the Emmens Glacier on Mount Rainier. At 9,800 feet, the crisp air, starry sky and light breeze meant perfect conditions for a summit attempt.
Later that morning, they couldn't tell up from down.

"We were prepared for bad weather," Nancy LaMont said yesterday. "This was beyond bad weather."

Severe and sudden whiteout conditions — including estimated 60 mph winds and 30-below-zero temperatures — stranded nine climbers on Rainier for most of Saturday. They walked down yesterday and returned home last night, relatively unharmed.

Jack and Nancy LaMont woke up about 2 a.m. early Saturday at the Emmens Glacier on Mount Rainier. At 9,800 feet, the crisp air, starry sky and light breeze meant perfect conditions for a summit attempt.
Later that morning, they couldn't tell up from down.

"We were prepared for bad weather," Nancy LaMont said yesterday. "This was beyond bad weather."

Severe and sudden whiteout conditions — including estimated 60 mph winds and 30-below-zero temperatures — stranded nine climbers on Rainier for most of Saturday. They walked down yesterday and returned home last night, relatively unharmed
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/135054882_climbers23m.html

 
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