• Climber rescued from Mt. Rainier summited Everest in 2002


    The four climbers who had to be rescued from Mt. Rainier this week are from Waco, Texas, KIRO 7 learned Friday.

    One climber summited Mount Everest and two others are associated with Baylor University in Waco, including 22-year-old senior Stacy Wren, who was slowly being taken off the mountain Friday.

    “Stacy’s still on the mountain. They’re getting her down. They’re doing an incredible job,” said Claire Kultgen, Wren’s friend, who is in Washington but did not have to be rescued. “She’s OK. She’s walking.”

    Among the three already taken off the mountain: Waco attorney Stuart Smith, who summited Everest in 2002; his niece; and Ross Van Dyke, the assistant director of admissions at Baylor.

    “The other three are in the hospital and they’re all stable,” Kultgen said. “They do have injuries.”

    The rescue effort has been treacherous. One rescuer, 33-year-old Nick Hall, was killed Thursday when he slid more than 3,000 feet down the mountain.

    Kultgen added that she’s seeking help from a higher power.

    “We have a prayer request for the rangers that are up there on the mountain working, and for those that are in the hospital to watch over them,” she said.

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