A Happy Ending for Missing SnowboardersBy Steve Casimiro on November 14th, 2012
Sweet Georgia Brown, there’s good news about missing mountaineers for once. 21-year-old Derek Tyndall and 20-year-old Thomas Dale had been stuck on Mt. Rainier since Sunday, when they snowboarded from Camp Muir when they got lost in a whiteout, stopped to build a snow cave, and hunkered down to wait out a storm. They reached rescuers via their cell phone, but darkness and 20 more inches of snow descended. By Monday, their phones were dead. Searchers gridded the mountain, but poor conditions kept the chopper grounded. They had no luck that day, but Tuesday morning, searchers in Upper Stevens Creek drainage found the duo alive and well on the lower Paradise Glacier. “Having them stick together, even that they stayed together, during the blizzards and two nights in a row — it’s amazing,” said Rod Tyndall, Derek’s father. Via KOIN.
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