Body of St. Paul climber who died on Mt. Rainier identified


The medical examiner in Pierce County, Washington, has identified the remains of St. Paul climber Mark Mahaney as one of three bodies that were pulled off of Mt. Rainier this week, the Associated Press reports.

Mahaney was among six experienced climbers who perished on the 14,400-foot mountain in Washington state on May 31. Two of his fellow climbers – Uday Marty and John Mullally – were also identified. The bodies of another climber and two guides who worked for Alpine Ascents International are still missing.

Seattle television station Q13 FOX reports says Marty was a vice-president of Intel Corp., who oversaw the company's Southeast Asian operations from Singapore.

National Park Service employees spotted the three bodies during a helicopter flight early this month on an area of the mountain made treacherous by falling ice and rocks. They were recovered on Wednesday by a helicopter equipped with a mechanical claw.

Mahaney and his group were climbing Mt. Rainier by a difficult and little-used route known as Liberty Ridge. CBS says more than 10,000 people climbed the mountain last year and only 129 did it by way of Liberty Ridge.

Authorities believe the men plummeted more than 3,300 feet in an avalanche or rock fall.

Mahaney, 26, had trained for the climb for months. His uncle, Rob Mahaney, said in June that even as a boy Mark was always climbing. He had scaled peaks including Mount McKinley, Mount Rushmore, and Mount Rainier once before.

Mahaney told the website Mountain Project his favorite climbs were "anywhere in Alaska." In 2012 he used a helmet-cam to shoot a video of himself climbing a frozen waterfall near Sandstone.

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