By Sheridan Block
It was a somber Tuesday evening at the Ouray Ice Park, as a group of friends, neighbors, clients and fellow mountain guides gathered to share stories and memories of Eitan Green, one of the six climbers presumed dead in a tragic accident last weekend on Mount Rainier in Washington.
A part-time guide with San Juan Mountain Guides in Ouray since 2010, Green, 28, also served as a mountain guide for Alpine Ascents International in Seattle, Wash., since 2009. In Seattle, Green was a guide on Mount Rainier and the Cascade Range.
On Monday, May 26, Green and fellow guide Matthew Hegemen led a group of four experienced climbers on an ascent of Mount Rainier across the Liberty Ridge route on the northwest face of the mountain. The group was scheduled to return to the trailhead on Friday, May 30.
Alpine Ascents reported the party missing at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, initiating a search operation for the climbers. The last contact with the group was made on Wednesday evening, May 28, via satellite phone.
Search teams located climbing gear and detected signals from avalanche beacons at the top of Carbon Glacier at 9,500 feet on Saturday, May 31. The party's last location was known to be at 12,800 feet on Liberty Ridge and all indications pointed toward a fall of 3,300 feet.
In a statement the Mount Rainier National Park Service said...