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August 4, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Stop demonizing mountain goats, increase public awareness instead

One of some 300 mountain goats in Olympic National Park faces a photographer on the Switchback Trail near Port Angeles. (Diane Urbani de la Paz / The Associated Press, 2008)

The recent article by AP reporter Phuong Lee about the National Park Service reviewing its goat policy discussed the fatal and tragic attack on the hiker trying to protect his wife and friend [“Olympic National Park takes on mountain goats,” Local News, July 21]. The article didn’t mention that Robert Boardman valiantly tried to


Comments | More in animals | Topics: mountain goats, National Park Service, Olympic National Park

June 9, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Mount Rainier accident: Stop blaming climbers for costs

A photo provided by the National Park Service shows Liberty Ridge and the Carbon Glacier, with a helicopter at top right. (National Park Service)

Like many in the climbing community, I was sad to see the recent Rainier climbing accident, and proud of the rangers, guide service and community response [“Liberty Ridge is risky, deadly Mount Rainier route,” Local News, June 2].  One thing I hope to address is the knee-jerk reaction that I almost always see online after any such accident:  Climbers (or their survivors) should be sent a


Comments | More in Climbing | Topics: climbing, Mount Rainier, National Park Service