Climber injured in 100-foot fall on one of the Twin Sisters

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 19, 2014 

Twin Sisters near Acme

A view of the rugged Twin Sisters as seen from Highway 9 near Acme.

THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

A mountain climber fell about 100 feet while at the 6,300-foot level of the Twin Sisters near Mount Baker, prompting a major search and rescue response Thursday, June 19.

A climbing partner called 911 around noon after he trekked down to the 4,900 feet to get cellphone reception. It's unclear if the injured climber survived the fall. His partner reported he may have suffered a head injury.

Details on how the climber fell weren’t available. His name was not released.

Search and rescue teams with the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office and Bellingham Mountain Rescue navigated through a maze of remote logging roads east of Acme, toward the north side of North Twin, a 6,600-foot peak southwest of Mount Baker. The North Twin stands a few hundred feet shorter than its sister mountain to the south.

A rescue helicopter from Snohomish County had been called in to assist in the search. According to radio dispatches, the helicopter crew saw the climber, who wasn’t moving. But for reasons that aren't exactly clear, they could not secure him and carry him out.

Rescue teams continued to work into the evening, racing against an incoming wave of stormy weather.

Snow still blankets most of the North Cascades above 4,000 feet.

No update on the rescue effort had been made public as of Thursday night.

Reach Caleb Hutton at 360-715-2276 or caleb.hutton@bellinghamherald.com. Read his Dispatcher Blog at bellinghamherald.com/dispatcher-blog or follow him on Twitter at @bhamcrime.

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