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2 Climbers Overdue on Mount St. Helens Are Safe

COUGAR, Wash. (AP) - Two men reported overdue on a climb up southwest Washington's Mount St. Helens are safely down after spending a cold wet night on the mountain.

Authorities say 32-year-old Mark Lapinskas and 34-year-old Kevin Dean of Vancouver, Wash., were reported overdue Tuesday night. Lapinskas told KGW-TV of Portland, Ore., that he and his brother-in-law are elated and relieved to have made it down safely.

The climbers say they started their climb Tuesday morning and reached the summit of the 8,364-foot peak later Tuesday. But they say they became disoriented in foggy conditions on their way down and decided to make a shelter for the night.

They found their way to a road late Wednesday afternoon and were soon reunited with their wives. A search for them began early Wednesday.

 

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