A climb to raise awareness for wounded
soldiers turned into a rescue mission on Mount Washington.
Three climbers were injured after an
avalanche swept them 800 feet down an icy gully in Huntington Ravine. The
injuries were not life-threatening and the climbers were able to slowly descend
where they met rescuers who helped them off the mountain.
The Mount Washington Avalanche Center
had posted warnings earlier in the day in some areas. Unstable pockets of snow
can easily be released by an unsuspecting climber on the mountain.
"You try and position
yourself, but you're not really in control. You're not in control at all,"
said J.P. Politz, who was injured in the avalanche.
One of the climbers swept down by the
avalanche was Keith Zeier, 26. The former U.S. Marine sergeant was climbing to
raise money for families of Special Operations forces killed and wounded in