Big search, bigger mountain

Inside a gaping crevasse at 9,500 feet, Tech Sgt. Anthony Reich, pararescueman, 304th Rescue Squadron, Portland, Ore., carefully makes his way around a couple of large ice blocks that have peeled off a melting glacier on Mount Hood, Ore. September 8. Belaying Sergeant Reich with a safety rope is Staff Sgt. Patrick Dunne, pararescueman, 308th Rescue Squadron, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. The two were part of big weekend search for the bodies of two mountain climbers presumed killed during a firece December snowstorm. An additional four pararescuemen from the 304th RQS and one SERE (search evasion resistance and escape) specialist from the 943rd Rescue Group, Tuscon, Ariz., joined Sergeants Reich and Dunne on the mountain. In all their were 59 climbers, most of them volunteers from civilian moutain groups searching the high country.

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