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Published June 4th, 2014 - 2:23PM

Three Auburn firefighters hiked to Camp Muir on June 3 in honor of a firefighter who died on Liberty Ridge 10 years ago.

At Camp Muir, high above the clouds, the men unfurled a banner that usually hangs in Valley Regional Fire Authority Station 31. The banner is emblazoned with a quote that was regularly used by Capt. Jon Cahill: “Train like you fight … Fight like you train.”

Cahill, who lived in Orting, died June 3, 2004, when he slipped and fell on Liberty Ridge. He was one of four men who died on that route that spring.

Last week, six men died on Liberty Ridge in the second worst mountaineering accident in Mount Rainier National Park history. In total, 26 climbers have died on Liberty Ridge.

Firefighters Jeremy Nylund, Neil Pedersen and Ryan Shervanick have a passion for mountaineering and thought a trip to Muir was a fitting way to honor Cahill, according to a statement released by the Valley Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 1352.

“He (Cahill) was revered and respected for his enthusiasm for training,” the statement read. “Jon may have left us 10 years ago but his spirit is alive and well here at the fire houses of the Valley Regional Fire Authority.”

Cahill is survived by his wife, Debbie, and his children, Michael, Matthew, Katie and Kelly.

Published June 3rd, 2014 - 8:20PM

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.

 
Published June 3rd, 2014 - 6:48PM
The family of Mark Mahaney, one of six people presumed to have died on Mount Rainier last week, issued a statement Tuesday evening.
Published June 3rd, 2014 - 10:02AM
A 34-year-old Brooklyn resident was identified Tuesday as the sixth victim in last week’s climbing accident on Mount Rainier.
Published June 2nd, 2014 - 11:01PM
When adventurer Alison Levine arrived at Everest base camp in 2010 as a client of Alpine Ascents International — the Seattle company at the center of Mount Rainier’s worst climbing accident in decades — she was shocked.
Published June 2nd, 2014 - 10:59PM
Whether safe passage or answers, Mount Rainier doesn’t always give climbers and those who love them what they want.
Published June 2nd, 2014 - 12:10PM
Five of the six climbers who likely fell to their deaths on 14,411-foot Mount Rainier have been identified.
Published June 1st, 2014 - 8:02PM
A St. Paul, Minnesota, man was one of the six climbers missing and feared dead on Mount Rainier, according to the man’s family.
Published June 1st, 2014 - 8:22AM
Washington’s National Park Fund’s annual spring dinner and auction in April raised more than $180,000 for the Mount Rainier, North Cascades and Olympic national parks.
Published May 31st, 2014 - 10:33PM
Mount Rainier's Liberty Ridge isn’t the realm of novice mountaineers.
Published May 31st, 2014 - 7:48PM
Guide, victim's mother remember Rainier icefall of 1981. The worst mountaineering tragedy in U.S. history killed 11 on Mount Rainier. Two people with connections to the icefall look back.
Published May 31st, 2014 - 11:26AM
Six missing climbers on Mount Rainier are most likely dead on Carbon Glacier, according to Mount Rainier National Park officials.
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