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Searchers Look For Sick Climber On Mount Rainier

ASHFORD, Wash. (AP) - Rescuers fear that a climber who was left high on the slopes of Mount Rainier on Monday may have fallen 2,000 feet.

Park spokeswoman Lisa Lombard told The News Tribune that kind of fall would not have been survivable.

Spokeswoman Patti Wold says a 2,000-foot slide leads down a steep ice-and-snow covered slope in rough terrain.

No signs of 50-year-old Rob Planker of Olympia have been found by helicopter, but ground searchers discovered some of Planker's equipment. Wold says ground and helicopter searches continue.

Planker and two other climbers started Friday from White River on the Liberty Ridge route. Wold says they encountered cold and high winds that left Planker unable to move. He was suffering from hypothermia and frostbite. The other two went for help Monday.

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