Tag: mount baker
By Caleb Hutton
A Vancouver, B.C., mountain climber was airlifted from the 8,500-foot level of Mount Baker after slipping on ice and cutting his face earlier this week.
The man and a climbing partner had already summited the mountain and were on their way down when they sent out a SPOT beacon at 3 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14, said Whatcom County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Jilk.
A U.S. Navy helicopter from Whidbey Island and a search and rescue team responded. The helicopter pilot found the men at 11 a.m. One climber was “fine,” Jilk said, but the other appeared to have suffered a concussion after slipping on ice during the descent. He had cuts and bruises to his face.
The injured man was airlifted to St. Joseph hospital with injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening. The other climber skied down the mountain alone.
By Caleb Hutton
Three snowshoers were rescued after getting lost near the Mount Baker Ski Area over the weekend.
The three men, aged 23 and 24, had been out snowshoeing and snowboarding for about seven hours Saturday, Jan. 5, when they called an emergency line at 3 p.m. to say they were lost, said Whatcom County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Jilk.
A GPS location of the wanderers showed they were near a forest service road. After about an hour of hiking, they called back to say they were “cold, wet and tired,” so going any further would be difficult, according to Jilk.
A search and rescue team requested snowmobiles from the nearby ski area, and they were able to bring them out of the woods at twilight.
The men, from Edmonds and Woodinville, were cold and tired but didn’t need medical aid.