Minnesota climber ‘now part of the mountain’

St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer PressJune 1, 2014 

Mark Mahaney is one of six climbers lost last week on Mount Rainier.


A St. Paul, Minnesota, man was one of the six climbers missing and feared dead on Mount Rainier, according to the man’s family.

Rob Mahaney of Elko, Minnesota, said his 26-year-old nephew, Mark Mahaney, began his climb Monday with three other clients of Seattle-based Alpine Ascents International and two guides. 

“Mark was doing something that he absolutely loved to do, and there was no one who could’ve stopped him,” Mahaney said.

The group had planned to reach the summit Thursday and return Friday, Rob Mahaney said.

“Mark was a very energetic child,” his uncle said. “He was one to be known to get into trouble no matter what. He learned to put all this energy he had and put it into something he loved to do, which is climbing mountains.”

He said Mark Mahaney is an experienced climber who has climbed Mount Rainier before and also has climbed Mount McKinley, North America’s highest mountain peak at 20,322 feet.

Mahaney and his girlfriend made their home in St. Paul, his uncle said.

Mark Mahaney worked as a quality assurance analyst, Rob Mahaney said.

Mark’s father, Shawn, and brother, Max, flew to Seattle Saturday but headed home Sunday, after the park announced there would be no immediate search for bodies, Rob Mahaney said.

During a family get-together at Easter, some relatives tried to talk Mark Mahaney out of the Rainier climb. 

“But there was nothing that was going to stop him,” Rob Mahaney said. “He was doing something he loved to do. He is literally now part of the mountain.”

The Seattle Times contributed to this report.

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