PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Portland man shared his experience about being stranded on Mt. Rainier after he, along with three other men, were rescued on Thursday.
Mount Rainier National Park spokesman Kevin Bacher said the climbers include Yevgeniy Krasnitskiy of Portland, Oregon; Vasily Aushev and Kostya “Constantine” Toporov of New York City; and Ruslan Khasbulatov of Jersey City, New Jersey.
The four had been stranded on the north side of Mt. Rainier in Washington state since Monday. The climbers needed help because wind blew away/destroyed their tent and climbing equipment.
A helicopter was able to land in the saddle between Liberty Cap and Columbia Crest after 9 a.m. on Thursday to rescue the four. They were suffering from frostbite and cold exposure.
After being rescued, Krasnitskiy shared what it was like on the mountain.
“At night the storm it, just high winds — kind of breaking the tent,” he said. “We’re trying to hold onto the tent, trying to hold onto everything that was outside. Everything just got ripped and slipped out. Somehow we made it through.”
When you’re in survival mode, according to Krasnitskiy, “you have your teammates, but you’re completely alone.”
The climbers struggled with little food, water and supplies as they waited at more than 13,000 feet to be rescued.
“There were moments when there were breakdowns,” Krasnitskiy said. “There were moments when there were panic attacks with everyone, and we kind of just had to be there for each other and pull each other out.”
Officials say the Liberty Ridge route is one of the more dangerous routes on Mount Rainier.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.