2 lost climbers found safe on Mount Baker



MOUNT BAKER, Wash. (AP) — Two climbers lost in poor conditions on Mount Baker over the weekend have been found safe.

The Whatcom County Sheriff’s office tells The Bellingham Herald the climbers reported missing on Sunday were found Monday evening.

They were on the south side of Mount Baker near Easton Glacier when a weather system moved in that caused zero visibility. They followed a set of ski tracks made by what turned out to be another set of lost hikers who were later found off Mosquito Lake Road. Once the two climbers realized they were turned around, they camped for the night and traced their way back to their camp the next day.

The climbers — 31-year-old Jennifer Oerkfitz from Illinois, and 58-year-old Jack Gracic from Seattle — were found uninjured at about 5 p.m. Monday nearing their base camp. Both are experienced climbers who were climbing Baker for the first time.


Information from: The Bellingham Herald, http://www.bellinghamherald.com