A public memorial service for outdoors writer and photographer Karen Sykes, who perished on a Mount Rainier hike last month, will be Monday, July 14, at the Mountaineers Seattle Program Center in Magnuson Park.
Sykes wrote for several publications (including a popular trail column for the Seattle P-I and outdoors stories for The Seattle Times), contributed to more than one outdoor guidebook and also led hikes for The Mountaineers. She died at age 70 of hypothermia after failing to return from a hike in the Owyhigh Lakes area of Mount Rainier National Park in late June.
“Washington’s hikers and climbers were Karen’s community,” said Mountaineers Books Publisher Helen Cherullo. “She paid tribute to those who came before her and became a leader in her own right. This will be the hiking community’s opportunity to pay tribute to her indomitable strength and joyful spirit.”
Cherullo, who worked with Sykes on the guidebooks “Best Wildflower Hikes – Washington” and “Hidden Hikes in Western Washington,” will give remarks at the memorial service. Attendees are invited to share their stories and experiences with each other starting at 6:30 p.m., with the formal program beginning at 7 p.m.
The Seattle Program Center is located at 7700 Sand Point Way N.E. The Mountaineers invite those who knew Sykes to share their memories on the Mountaineers website, while those who wish to share photos of Sykes can send them to Heidi Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in a slideshow to be shown at the memorial.