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Climber Stranded: Mount Logan Rescue Planned for Friday

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Mountain climber Natalia Martinez has been stranded on Mount Logan for four days. (NOAA)

By    |   Thursday, 04 May 2017 02:50 PM

An experienced mountain climber from Argentina has been stranded partway up Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak, for four days after two strong earthquakes hit the area and triggered avalanches.

Natalia Martinez was hiking alone Monday when the first earthquake hit, forcing her to seek shelter from falling debris and shifting terrain, Fox News reported. The path down off the mountain was made unstable by the 6.2 magnitude earthquake and a subsequent 6.3 quake the same morning.

Storms and high winds in the icefields have prevented helicopter access to the area so Martinez could be rescued, according to CBC News. She has been in touch with her boyfriend, Camilo Rada, by phone during the ordeal, and says she is uninjured and has enough food to last eight more days.

Weather conditions are expected to improve Friday and a rescue attempt is planned by Parks Canada.

“It’s kind of a painful wait, especially with these weather conditions,” Rada said, CBC News reported.

According to Parks Canada, there were two other groups in the Kluane Icefields region that includes Mount Logan. Parks Resource Conservation Manager Craig McKinnon said four rescues were made in the ice fields of Kluane and three from Mount Logan in the last five years, Fox News reported. About 25 hikers try to climb Mount Logan in a given year.

Martinez is a mountain guide and ski instructor who has extensive climbing experience, Fox News said. She is about 12,500 feet up Mount Logan, which is nearly 20,000 feet high, and had been hiking for nine days before the quakes hit, Fox News reported.

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An experienced mountain climber from Argentina has been stranded partway up Mount Logan, Canada's highest peak, for four days after two strong earthquakes hit the area and triggered avalanches.
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