4 climbers and two guides from Alpine Ascents are believed killed in 3,300 foot fall on Rainier’s Liberty Ridge at about the 12,800 foot level. Park officials say the area is so treacherous that the bodies may not even be found. Among the casualties was guide Matt Hegeman. The worst accident was June 21, 1981, when 11 climbers were killed by an avalanche on Ingraham Glacier.
The first Everest suummiter in 2014 reached the summit after flying by helicopter to 8,000 feet below the summmit. Wang Ying is the first climber since the fatal avalanche that killed several sherpas effectively the season this year. Her climbing party included no sherpas who had not summited Everest. She is attempting to set a record for climbing all seven summits plus going to both poles. The climb has stirred considerable controversy.
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Robert Cormier, a Jersey City, New Jersey, fell 1,000 down the north side of Mount Hood from the summit about 8 a.m., Tuesday, May 13, 2014. A helicopter was sent to investigate and found no signs of life but authorities said it would take a week to recover his body because of poor weather and avalanche conditions.