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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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June 1, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Families of dead climbers meet with National Park Service and climbing guide service officials

On Sunday morning at Longmire west of Mount Rainier, family members of the six climbers met with National Park Service and Alpine Ascents officials. “They are devastated and are in a taking care of themselves mode,” said Patti Wold, a National Park Service spokeswoman. The Park Service said this morning that it was going to release the…

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May 31, 2014 at 11:43 AM

‘No chance of survival’ for 6 missing Mount Rainier climbers

Seattle Times staff and Associated Press UPDATE 5:13 p.m.: Officials say there is no chance that six missing Mount Rainier climbers have survived, after searchers found a debris field spreading hundreds of feet. Air and ground searches were suspended, four hours before nightfall. Tents, clothing, and debris were located by helicopter searchers, over Carbon Glacier. The debris field is strewn down…

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May 26, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Monday Memo: Recalling a Mount Rainier rescue … Memorial Day events … Folklife’s finale

Weather: In the 60s, sun, and possibly some intermittent showers. Remembering a Mount Rainier rescue: Over Memorial Day weekend in 1964, a Des Moines man and five climbing partners were forced to hunker down for two nights at a steam cave at the summit. Read his recollections of  the blizzard that trapped them and the…

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