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Archives: June 2010


Mount Rainier shuttle service resumes service Friday

Visitors to Mount Rainier National Park will again be able to ride free visitor shuttles into the park from Ashford, and from Longmire and Paradise during the summer.

The shuttles will begin running Friday.

On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays the shuttle will run between Longmire and Paradise with stops at Cougar Rock and Narada Falls on the uphill run, and stopping at Comet Falls and Cougar Rock on the downhill run. At Longmire, visitors can board the shuttle at the historic Longmire Gas Station.

On Saturdays and Sundays, visitors can board the shuttle in Ashford at Whittaker’s Summit Haus on

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Mount Rainier rangers, park visitors saved man trapped in vehicle

Officials at Mount Rainier National Park today released this image and recap of an accident on June 5.

That day, an SUV driven by park visitor Gerald Goit of Seattle went off the Nisqually-Paradise Road south of Longmire and went down a 40-foot embankment, landing upside down in the Nisqually River.

Goit was uninjured but was trapped by his seat belt as water rushed into the partially submerged vehicle. The water temperature of the glacial-fed river was in the high 40s and low 50s and Goit was becoming hypothermic.

Six to eight motorists who had stopped and entered the

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Warm forecast increases avalanche danger

With good weather in the weekend forecast, many folks are going to be heading to the outdoors. But, according to the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center, people should stay off the higher slopes of mountains in the Cascades and Olympics because of extreme avalanche danger.

Meteorologist Kenny Kramer with the center told the Associated Press that heavy snowfall last week and expected sunshine and warm weather will make it very dangerous above 8,000 feet. He says hikers should particularly avoid Mount Hood, Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens, Glacier Peak and Mount Baker.

“The warming and sun should produce

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North coast halibut fishery reopens Saturday for one day

Halibut anglers might want to pack up and head to the north coast this Saturday because the state is reopening the recreational halibut fishery for one more day.

With 26,776 pounds of quota remaining, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said it will reopen marine areas 3 and 4 (La Push and Neah Bay) to halibut fishing on Saturday.

Though that is a lot of quota for this late in June, Heather Reed, the coastal policy coordinator, said in a news release there is not enough pounds left for a two day opening.

“There’s still quota remaining because poor

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Search for missing climber called off

Dangerous avalanche conditions, worsened by new snow overnight, have led Mount Rainier National Park officials to call of the search for the body of Mark Wedeven. The 29-year-old Olympia man has been missing since he was swept away by a large avalanche Saturday morning.
“We haven’t had a chance to do much searching on the mountain because avalanche conditions are so bad,” said park spokesman Kevin Bacher.

“Given that, and that it’s a recovery situation and not a rescue, there isn’t any sense putting people at risk,” he added.

Climbing rangers Glenn Kessler and Tom Payne spent about two

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Conditions slow search for missing climber

Searchers have so far failed to find an Olympia man believed to have died in an avalanche early Saturday morning on Mount Rainier.

Avalanche conditions improved enough this morning to allow two rescue rangers to look for 27-year-old Mark Wedeven, said park spokesman Kevin Bacher.

Rangers Glenn Kessler and Tom Payne are on the scene on the Ingraham Direct route.

“They have been searching slowly and methodically because of the avalanche conditions, but so dar they have not found anything,” Bacher said.

Park official are now looking at this as a recovery mission and not a rescue, as Wedeven is

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Olympia man could be missing climber on Rainier

The climber missing after an avalanche on the upper slopes of Mount Rainier is believed to be a 27-year-old man from Olympia, park spokeswoman Patti Wold said.

The park is not releasing the name of the climber who is believe to be the first climbing death on the mountain since 2005.

Three climbing rangers at Camp Muir are waiting for avalanche conditions to improve so they can launch a ground search.
Avalanche conditions are currently high and the upper mountain received as much as 18 inches of snow over night.

Eleven climbers were caught in an avalanche on Saturday

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Mount Rainier loses one of its best known visitors

Sad to report that we just received an obituary for Ake Sundstrom. Only his wife, Bronka, and the glaciers spent more time on Mount Rainier.

Ake Sundstrom passed away peacefully on May 31, 2010.  Ake was born in Jameten, Sweden, on March 4, 1917.

Ake is survived by his cherished Bronka, wife of 64 years, his son Allen Jack Sundstrom (Robin), and grandchildren Chloe and Grover.
Ake was proud to be a heavy construction worker for Tucci and Sons for 26 years, and a member of Local 252.  Ake had an exquisite sense for harmony and environmental balance, reflected

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