Topic: Mount Rainier
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September 3, 2013 at 9:53 AM
Two Canadian climbers who were airlifted to Harborview Medical Center after falling into a crevasse on Mount Rainier Sunday were reported awake and improving at the hospital this morning.
The two men, whose identities have not been released, are in serious condition and remain in intensive care, said Harborview spokeswoman Susan Gregg.
A third climber in the group, less severely injured, was taken by ambulance to a different hospital. That climber’s condition wasn’t available .
A Mount Rainier National Park spokesman said the three fell into the crevasse at 11,400 feet on the Emmons Glacier, 3,000 feet below the mountain’s summit.
June 19, 2013 at 1:36 PM
MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK (AP) — Renovation work starts this summer on the highest outhouse in Washington.
The National Park Service plans to upgrade the toilets at Camp Muir, which is at the 10,000-foot level of Mount Rainier.
Camp Muir is a destination for day hikers and a stop for climbers before they make their final push to the top of the 14,410-foot mountain.
On a summer day, hundreds of people may visit Camp Muir. Existing toilets are decades old and smelly because composting doesn’t work at that elevation.
Park architect Sue Ann Brown told KIRO-FM building materials will have to be flown to Camp Muir for four toilets that will cost about $200,000.
April 17, 2013 at 4:12 PM
Admission to national parks throughout the country is free from April 22 to April 26 in celebration of National Park Week.
That means free admission to the open parts of Mount Rainier National Park, Longmire and Paradise, according to a National Park Service release.
Those areas are accessed through the Nisqually entrance in the southwest area of park via State Route 706. Visitors are required to bring tire chains with them to the park until at least April 30.
According to the Park Service, 16 feet of snow is on the ground at Paradise. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are still popular on the mountain, its release said, but ranger-led winter activities have ended for the season.
November 12, 2012 at 8:51 AM
The Associated Press
UPDATED: 11:10 a.m. | LONGMIRE — Rescue crews are searching for two snowboarders who were stranded on Mount Rainier overnight in heavy snow.
The men, ages 20 and 21, called Sunday afternoon to report they had become lost in the storm while descending from Camp Muir. He says they had winter gear, smart phones and a compass, but no overnight gear,
said Mount Rainier National Park spokesman Kevin Bacher.
Bacher identified them as Derek Tyndall and Thomas Dale. He says the men are cold but not hurt. They took shelter overnight by digging a snow cave.
More than two dozen people are trying to reach the men, who are believed to be at about 7,500-foot elevation near Paradise. The area has gotten about 20 inches of fresh snow.
Olympic Mountain Rescue’s Roger Beckett says 10 members of their advanced team are helping with the rescue. He says members of Tacoma Mountain Rescue are also assisting park rangers.
October 18, 2012 at 10:02 AM
While the jogger on the right enjoyed nice weather and a great view of Mount Rainier at sunrise today, there’s a 30 percent chance of rain after 11 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.
The good news, well sort of, is that the temperature is expected to reach 62 degrees and that’s better than say, 55 degrees, right?
Only things get worse tonight when there’s a 100 percent chance of precipitation.
On Friday, there’s a 50 percent chance of showers and the high is expected to be just 57 degrees.
Ditto for Saturday: A 50 percent chance of showers with a high around 54.
Well, it is October.
September 28, 2012 at 3:04 PM
The Associated Press
TACOMA — The man who operated the wastewater treatment plant in Mount Rainier National Park pleaded guilty today to violating the Clean Water Act in August 2011 when he let hundreds of thousands of gallons of sewage run into the Nisqually River.
Plant operator James Barber, 52, pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle.
In agreeing to plead guilty, Barber can’t operate a wastewater facility and is resigning from the Park Service.
He is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Richard Creatura in December.
The News Tribune reports Barber was in charge of the plant that handles waste from the Paradise Visitor Center and Paradise Inn.
He wass accused of diverting untreated waste into a drainage ditch in the spring and summer of 2011 after a filter became clogged. Testing found about 200,000 gallons of minimally treated sewage reached the river.
September 11, 2012 at 7:41 PM
From The Associated Press
TACOMA – The Pierce County medical examiner’s office says the second of two bodies recently recovered from a Mount Rainier glacier is that of a 54-year-old Springfield, Ore., man who was one of four people who vanished in January storms.
The medical examiner on Tuesday identified the body of Eunsork “Eric” Yang. His body was recovered Friday on the Paradise Glacier, at about the 8,200-foot level of the 14,411-foot peak. Also found Friday near Yang’s body was that of 30-year-old Michelle Trojanowski of Atlanta.
Yang had been climbing with 52-year-old Seol Hee Jin of South Korea. She has not been found. Mount Rainier National Park spokesman Kevin Bacher says the area where the two most recent bodies were found was searched extensively last Saturday.
Trojanowski and 37-year-old Mark Vucich of Agoura Hills, Calif., failed to return from a camping trip on the Muir snowfield. Vucich’s body was found Aug. 6.
Melting snow exposed the bodies. The medical examiner says all three died of hypothermia.
Bacher says the two sets of climbers were last seen near each other.
September 8, 2012 at 10:27 AM
Rangers at Mount Rainier National Park on Friday recovered the bodies of a man and a woman believed to be members of a group of four climbers who went missing on Paradise Glacier during a January storm.
The body of Mark Vucich, a third climber from that group, was found about a month ago.
Officials were awaiting a medical examiner’s determination to confirm that they were two of the missing climbers from January. In addition to Vucich, of Agoura Hills, Calif., the missing were his friend Michelle Trojanowski, 30, of Atlanta; Sork “Eric” Yang, 52, of Springfield, Ore.; and Seol Hee Jin, 52, of South Korea.
Rangers on Saturday planned to continue their search for the fourth missing person and to further investigate what appears to be a large campsite buried under the snow in the hopes of finding clues to what happened.
The rangers were conducting a routine resupply operation by helicopter to Camp Muir on Thursday when they spotted a body hanging over the ledge of a large crevasse on the glacier, southeast of Anvil Rock.
The body was partially buried under 5 feet of snow and had clearly been there for some time. Camping and climbing gear could also be seen strewn about the bottom of the crevasse.
On Friday, rangers retrieved the bodies of a man and woman. Both were transported by ambulance to the Pierce County Medical Examiner, who will determine their identities and causes of death.
The camp site is about a quarter mile east of the standard climbing route and on the other side of a ridge – at about 8,200 feet elevation.
August 15, 2012 at 9:07 PM
By The Associated Press
PARADISE — U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was returning from an Alaska visit and scheduled to be in Milwaukee, Wis., on Wednesday. So a last-minute decision was made to squeeze in a trip to Mount Rainier National Park.
The News Tribune reports that left Salazar’s advance planner scrambling to find a place for Salazar to spend Monday night at a popular national park in mid-summer.
As Salazar explained to a crowd of park staffers and community partners on Tuesday, there were no rooms at Paradise Inn or National Park Inn at the park. There also were no options in nearby Ashford. So Salazar and his small traveling party spent the night in Eatonville, about 25 miles away.
August 9, 2012 at 9:10 AM
The Associated Press
A body found Monday on Mount Rainier has been identified as one of four people who went missing in January storms.
The Pierce County medical examiner’s office identified the body Wednesday as 37-year-old Mark Vucich of Agoura Hills, Calif. An investigator said Thursday the cause of death is pending.
Melting snow exposed the body at the 8,000-foot elevation, on the Muir snowfield, within sight of the trail between Camp Muir and the Paradise ranger station.
Vucich and 30-year-old Michelle Trojanowski of Atlanta failed to return from a camping trip on the Muir snowfield.
Two climbers also were reported missing at the same time — Sork “Eric” Yang of Springfield, Ore., and Seol Hee Jin of South Korea, both 52.
Rangers continue to watch for bodies as snow melts.
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