Two snowboarders stranded on Mount Rainier


by KING 5 News

Posted on November 12, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Search and rescue crews are trying to reach two snowboarders who were stranded on Mount Rainier overnight in blizzard-like conditions.

Rescuers spoke to the men, 20 and 21, by cell phone around 7 a.m. Monday. They were identified on Monday as Derek Tyndall and Thomas Dade.

The men went snowboarding Sunday and were caught off guard by a storm that rolled in with whiteout and blizzard conditions. They took shelter in a cave, but only brought equipment and supplies for a day trip.

"We just want to find them as quickly as we can and get them out of there," said Kevin Bacher with Mount Rainier National Park.

The snowboarders are thought to be near Paradise and Camp Muir at 7,500 feet.

The two likely started out from Paradise, an area that Mount Rainier officials say received 20 inches of snow and rain overnight. They called 911 early Monday and were able to give authorities their location near McClure rock.

About two dozen rescue personnel from Tacoma and Olympic Search and Rescue are assisting. Rescuers are hoping to get a break in the weather.

"Darkness comes early this time of the year," said Bacher, "so we only have a few hours of daylight really to get to them and find them and get them down before nightfall. Otherwise, they'll have to spend another night up there."

The temperature on the mountain was reportedly 19 degrees with gusts of wind up to 70 mph early Monday morning.

KING 5's Teresa Yuan contributed to this report.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled Dade's name.