A helicopter rescue crew tried reaching him earlier in the week but could not land at Camp Muir, a base camp on the peak’s south slope, because of high winds.
A search-and-rescue crew has reached the 58-year-old Norwegian man who was caught in an fierce winter storm and killed on Mount Rainier over the weekend.
Four rangers found him dead at 10,600 feet after climbing Wednesday afternoon, before a helicopter crew helped with the rescue, Mount Rainier National Park officials said.
He and a 41-year-old Canadian woman, Monique Richard, apparently took shelter at about that height when the storm hit Saturday evening, according to park officials.
The Pierce County Medical Examiner will formally identify the man.
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On Sunday, climbers saw the woman come down from the mountain alone and escorted her to Camp Muir, a base camp on the peak’s south slope. Medics then airlifted her to a local hospital Monday, park officials said.
Earlier in the week, a helicopter rescue crew tried reaching the man, but could not land at the camp because of high winds.
“Despite the tragic events, it is always a good reminder to know the weather forecast before any climb and come prepared for any and all weather conditions,” Park Ranger Peter Ellis said in a news release. “Sunny weather at the start of your trip may deteriorate quickly.”
Information from the Associated Press was included in this report.