Guide services cancel Liberty Ridge expeditions out of respect for fallen climbers

Tacoma News TribuneJune 3, 2014 

Searchers look Saturday at Liberty Ridge for six climbers who went missing on Mount Rainier.

PETER ELLIS

Guide services say weather and conditions are excellent for climbing Mount Rainier’s Liberty Ridge, but they’re cancelling planned trips anyway.

Alpine Ascents International, who had two guides and four clients died on the route last week, cancelled a trip for late June. Ashford-based International Mountain Guides and Rainier Mountaineering Inc. also cancelled Liberty Ridge expeditions.

All three had one trip planned for June. The route typically becomes unclimbable in late June or early July.

“We felt it was too soon on the heels of this unfortunate event … and out of respect for the climbers, guides and families,” said Peter Whittaker of RMI.

Eric Simonson of IMG had a group scheduled to climb the route starting June 8. They’ve also cancelled and will climb the Fuhrer Finger route instead.

 

“For a number of factors, but primarily out of support for AAI and their lost party … we will not climb the route for the next two weeks,” Simonson said. “Everyone’s emotions are still pretty raw about the whole tragedy.”

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