Rescuers ready to lift climber with altitude sickness from McKinley

Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Rescuers were waiting for better weather Friday afternoon before lifting a climber with high-altitude sickness from Mount McKinley.

It's the first rescue attempt of the climbing season, the National Park Service said.

Park Service spokeswoman Louise Palmer said a Korean climber was stricken Wednesday with mild-to-moderate altitude pulmonary edema and possibly high-altitude cerebral edema. The Park Service was not releasing the name of the climber, who is part of an eight-member expedition that began ascending May 4.

Palmer said strong winds and later cloudy conditions have kept rescuers grounded. She said it's unclear when they'll go out.

Meanwhile, the climber was being treated in the medical tent at the 14,200-foot camp. Palmer said the climber's condition was not life-threatening.

McKinley -- at 20,320 feet -- is the highest peak in North America.

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