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Climbers, former Marine rescued after avalanche

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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 action.

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