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Argentine Climber Natalia Martinez Rescued From Mount Logan After Earthquake

After spending four days trapped high on Mount Logan, Canada’s tallest peak, Argentine climber Natalia Martinez was rescued by helicopter. Early Monday, two large earthquakes struck the Yukon region, causing several avalanches and rockfall on the mountain, near her camp at 13,000 feet.

Martinez, 37, and an accomplished climber and mountain guide, was attempting a solo traverse of the mountain on skis. Her planned route included an ascent of the East Ridge, followed by a descent into King Trench.

Martinez became trapped at a high camp after the earthquakes struck, and made the choice to move her tent higher on a ridge to prevent exposure to more avalanches. She made contact with her partner, Camilo Rada, via satellite phone, and decided to break off her tour and initiate the rescue.

The rescue operation was delayed by days due to low visibility and dangerous weather conditions, but early Friday morning a weather window opened up and a helicopter rescue was successfully carried out.

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