Liberty Ridge, Mt. Rainier Climbing Accident

This past spring, six Alpine Ascents Team Members, including two of our Guides and four climbers, were lost on Liberty Ridge, Mt. Rainier.

Please take a moment to reflect with us as we remember our guides, Eitan Green and Matthew Hegeman and the four climbers who made up the team.

Matt and Eitan are near and dear to all of us at Alpine Ascents. Often guiding on Rainier and in the Cascades, their skill level and passion for the mountains were always at the forefront of their time in the field. Matt, intense, philosophical and driven by the right way to do things, left an indelible mark on all around him. His pursuit for excellence was matched by his sense of camaraderie and humor. Eitan, quick with a smile and exuberant, had that infectious nature of guides who love their work and time in the mountains. His talent as a strong leader and critical thinker in the wilderness was unsurpassed.

Our other team members shared our love for climbing and the strong bond that the mountains create. Their families have requested that their names not be released by us.

These are hard days for all involved as we reach out and send condolences to the families and friends and try as best we can to comfort each other. The kind words shared by so many are taken to heart and help us all heal.

Donations for the families

Matthew Hegeman
The Matthew Hegeman Memorial Fund

Eitan Green
Eitan spent a number of his formative years at the Mountain School. Donations can be made on line, noting "on behalf of Eitan Green" in comments to:
The Mountain School 


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