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January 15, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Snowshoer missing on Mount Rainier

More than two dozen rescuers are searching for a snowshoer who went missing Saturday in the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park.

Yong Chun Kim, 66, was leading a snowshoe walk for a Tacoma hiking group when he slipped down a steep slope. Unable to climb back up, Kim told the group he would go around and meet them, but he never showed, said park spokeswoman Lee Taylor.

He last talked with the group at 2:30 p.m., when he used a radio to report that he was OK and on his way out, Taylor said.

Kim is described as an experienced snowshoer who has done many day trips at Mount Rainier. While well-equipped for a daylong outing, he does not have overnight gear or a sufficient amount of food, Taylor said.

The wintry weather poses another challenge. The Paradise area saw wind gusts of up to 50 mph and 5 inches of snow overnight Saturday. Additional snow showers are expected Sunday.

“There’s a good chance he’s alive, and our assumption is we’re searching for a living person,” Taylor said.

Volunteer mountain rescue units from Seattle, Tacoma and Everett are helping in the park’s search efforts.

 

 

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