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December 30, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Snowshoer killed in Mount Rainier storm identified

The Associated Press TACOMA  — The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office says it has confirmed the identity of a snowshoer killed in a severe storm on Mount Rainier over the weekend. The man was identified Tuesday as 37-year-old Louis Landry of Puyallup. Park officials say Landry was heading up to spend Saturday night at Camp Muir, a stone…

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December 29, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Body found in search for Mount Rainier snowshoer

Updated with more details: Tuesday, 6:15 a.m. | Rescue crews on Mount Rainier discovered a body Monday matching the description of a snowshoer who vanished in a severe storm over the weekend. The body had been turned over to the Pierce County medical examiner’s office for identification, national park spokeswoman Patti Wold said. The 37-year-old Puyallup man…

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December 4, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Skiers, rescue units help injured hiker on Mount Rainier

The Associated Press TACOMA — A mountain rescue leader says a well-equipped group of skiers and three mountain rescue units all helped to get a seriously injured hiker off Mount Rainier. The News Tribune reports that rescue incident commander Glenn Kessler said a 911 call from the injured hiker was patched through to Mount Rainier dispatch late Tuesday…

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September 27, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Reporter’s Notebook: Too much adventure in Rainier’s ice caves

I didn’t want to climb Mount Rainier again. I went up the mountain once, in 1999 — for a story on a French volcanologist. The climb scared me to death. It very nearly killed the photographer with me, who developed cerebral edema and had to be helicoptered off the summit. I vowed that the only thing…

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July 14, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Hiker, 64, missing on Mount Rainier’s Wonderland Trail

Search crews continue to comb the Wonderland Trail on Mount Rainier for a hiker who was reported missing early Sunday morning. Edwin Birch, 64, of Tacoma, and his son planned a day hike on the 19-mile trail with each hiking the trail from opposite ends and crossing paths in the middle. Birch began his hike at Box Canyon and…

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July 7, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Teen falls into river near Mount Rainier National Park

CHEHALIS, Lewis County (AP) — The Lewis County sheriff’s office says a Port Orchard teen is presumed drowned in a river near the southeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park. The sheriff’s office says the 17-year-old was taking photos with friends Friday when he slipped and fell in the cold and fast-moving Ohanapecosh River near the…

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June 23, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Mount Rainier hiker Karen Sykes died from hypothermia

The hiker whose body was found in Mount Rainier National Park over the weekend died of hypothermia, the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s office said this afternoon. Karen Sykes, 70, was reported missing late Wednesday when she failed to meet up with her boyfriend as planned during a day hike in the Owyhigh Lakes area near Mount…

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June 23, 2014 at 2:52 PM

UPDATE: Rainier hiker Karen Sykes died from hypothermia

UPDATE, 4:52 p.m. | Karen Sykes died of hypothermia with the secondary cause of heart disease, the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s office said this afternoon. Her death was determined to be an accident.   ORIGINAL POST | PHUONG LE The Associated Press The hiker whose body was found in Mount Rainier National Park over the weekend was…

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June 22, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Friend: Body found near Mount Rainier is Karen Sykes

Corrected version A friend of well-known outdoors writer Karen Sykes said Sunday he has received a call from the National Park Service confirming that the body found yesterday on the east side of Mount Rainier is Sykes. Don Geyer said he believes he is one of a handful of people who received the call. Geyer was on…

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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 …

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