Ten experienced mountaineers set out Thursday to search for four people missing on Mount Rainier in a vicious storm.

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An elite mountain rescue team headed up Mount Rainier on Thursday to search for four people missing in a vicious storm.

The 10 experienced mountaineers searched part of the intended route of a pair of overdue campers and two climbers who were trying to summit the 14,411-foot volcano. The rescuers reached Camp Muir at the 10,000-foot level by midday. Two remained overnight so they could continue searching on Friday. The others returned to Paradise, searching during their descent, The News Tribune reported.

The campers — Mark Vucich, 37, of San Diego, and Michelle Trojanowski, 30, of Atlanta — were due to return Sunday from a trip to Muir snowfield. The climbers — a Springfield, Ore., couple whose names have not been released — had been scheduled back down Monday.

Rangers believe the parties were well-equipped but fear their supplies are low.

“They’ve been up there much longer than they planned,” said park spokeswoman Patti Wold.

Fay Vucich, Mark’s stepmother, said he was well-equipped and had some outdoors experience — but not in the snow.

She and Mark’s father live in Auburn. Bad weather Thursday grounded a helicopter on standby at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.