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September 17, 2013 at 12:22 PM
The body of a 31-year-old Seattle man was recovered Sunday after he fell to his death in North Cascades National Park, according to the National Park Service.
Tyler Barton had summitted Forbidden Peak via the West Ridge about 5:30 p.m. Saturday and was descending when he was hit by a rock and fell about 300 feet, the park service said. Barton’s climbing partner was not injured.
Other climbers who witnessed the fall hiked out from Boston Basin and notified rangers at 10:30 p.m., according to the park service.
On Sunday, after a delay due to fog and an incoming weather system, park rangers recovered Barton’s body with the help of a privately contracted helicopter out of Darrington.
August 20, 2013 at 6:37 PM
The road to the Cascade Pass Trailhead, the route to one of the most popular hikes in North Cascades National Park, has reopened to all vehicles, according to a park news release.
During a big thunderstorm on Aug. 11, a portion of the 23-mile road washed out at Boston Creek, stranding dozens of hikers and their vehicles for that night and most of Aug. 12. The hikers were able to leave in the late afternoon of Aug. 12 after a temporary repair was put in place.
The current repair is also considered temporary, while park staff look at designs for a permanent fix, the release says.
Even though the road has reopened, the park urges visitors to be prepared.
“Visitors to remote areas are encouraged to carry essential supplies and watch current and expected weather as mountain roads are subject to flooding during periods of extreme weather,” the release says.
June 21, 2013 at 6:15 AM
SEDRO-WOOLLEY (AP) — North Cascades National Park in Washington is closing a campground for at least two weeks to discourage a bear that got what was described as “a substantial food reward” when it broke into a garbage can.
Park spokesman Ken Hires says Tumwater Campground on the upper Stehekin Valley Road was closed Tuesday and will stay closed until at least July 3. The bear dined on the garbage Monday.
The spokesman says a camp closure of two to three weeks is usually enough to persaude bears to move on.
The nearby High Bridge Campground will be monitored frequently as well, just in case the bear decides to try its luck there.
July 15, 2012 at 2:33 PM
A woman who was part of a climbing party at North Cascades National Park was hospitalized with critical injuries Saturday after being struck by a boulder.
Acting Superintendent Charles Beall said that the woman was climbing the south side route of Sahale Peak with six others when a man in the group apparently pulled a large boulder loose. The giant rock struck the man before rolling and striking the 24-year-old woman.
A member of the climbing party went to Cascade Pass and contacted a wilderness ranger; two rangers were dispatched to the injured climbers, Beall said. The woman was transported off the glacier by a helicopter and taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She is reported to have critical injuries, including multiple fractures. She is in stable condition, Beall said.
The 25-year-old man who had inadvertently loosened the boulder was treated for minor injuries, Beall said.
In a separate incident on Friday, search crews rescued two climbers in a basin below Luna Peak, Beall said. The three-person group had navigated the remote Picket Range and climbed other peaks before two in the group were struck and hurt by falling snow. The third member of the group was able to reach rangers, Beall said.
The two injured climbers, a 29-year-old man and woman, flown by helicopter to a local hospital. Beall said the 29-year-old woman has been treated and released.
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