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June 21, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Search continues on Mount Rainier for prominent hiker, writer

This is the third day of searching on Mount Rainier for prominent hiker and outdoors writer Karen Sykes.

The effort today, on the mountain’s east side, involves a search from the air, and six ground crews and two dog teams. Crews are taking in an expanded area farther out from the Owyhigh Lakes Trail, according to  Patti Wold , spokeswoman for Mount Rainier National Park.

Sykes, of Seattle, was reported missing late Wednesday. She had adequate gear to camp overnight in an emergency, The Associated Press has reported.

Sykes is well-known, having led hikes through The Mountaineers Club. She has written numerous hiking articles, taken photos for various publications and was working on a story when she went missing, Wold has said.

The search area is steep, according to Wold, with rugged terrain with snow cover starting at 4,500 feet to 6,500 feet.

Safety concerns for Sykes and ground crews include snow bridges, tree wells, and terrain that is steep, wet, and slippery. A searcher was lifted out on a stretcher Thursday, after punching through a snow bridge.

On Wednesday, according to Wold, Sykes was on a day hike of the Owyhigh Lakes Trail with a partner, when they split up at 3 p.m., with plans to meet back at that location. Sykes went ahead, and failed to return. Her partner made an overdue hiker report at 10:30 p.m.

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