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For some climbers, Mt. Rainier's often deadly allure is irresistible
For some climbers, Mt. Rainier's often deadly allure is irresistible

Mt. Rainier looms over Puget Sound, seductive and deadly, wooing climbers and testing their skills. Now, the icy peak has claimed six more victims in the second-worst mountaineering accident in Rainier's history. More than 14,000 feet high at its summit, the glacier-covered volcano rises alone above Seattle's sludgy commutes, functioning as the ultimate harbinger of bad weather — "Is the mountain out?" is a common refrain — and beckoning the outdoorsy with its sheer proximity. "There is a draw, but I can't explain it," said Len Throop, owner of Eatonville Outdoor, who has climbed Rainier many times but never crested the summit....

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