Liberty Ridge, Mt. Rainier Climbing Accident

8/26/14 Update
The following has been confirmed by the National Park Service.

From the Seattle Times:

"Bodies of 3 Mount Rainier climbers identified

The bodies recovered Tuesday from Mount Rainier have been identified as three of the six climbers who were killed in a fall in May.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the three as Mark Mahaney, 26; Uday Marty, 40; and John Mullally, 40. The three were part of a group of climbers killed in a 3,300-foot fall along the steep north slope of Mount Rainier on May 31.

Mullally was a Seattle resident, Mahaney was from St. Paul, Minn., and Marty lived in Singapore. They were with Matthew Hegeman, 38, and Eitan Green, 28, two guides for Alpine Ascents; and Erik Britton Kolb, of Brooklyn, N.Y.

The three bodies were spotted on Aug. 7 during a training flight, Mount Rainier National Park spokeswoman Patti Wold said Tuesday. No other remains have been found."

 


This past May, 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 

 

For more commentary and information on the accident:

http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2023747816_alpineascentsxml.html


http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2023747848_climbfolo02xml.html