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Category: Mount Rainier

July
16th

Film shows glacier studies at Mount Rainier, North Cascades

A new film on glacier monitoring, produced by the North Coast & Cascades Science Learning Network, is now available online.

“Keepers of the Beat” features Dr. Jon Riedel, a National Park Service glaciologist at North Cascades National Park, showing how and why he takes the pulse of glaciers, said a Park Service news release. The film’s title refers to the fact that glaciers respond to environmental conditions and keep a record of their past history, the “beats” of time.

This film takes viewers to the top of the glaciers and behind the scenes with scientists from North Cascades and Mount

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July
10th

Mount Rainier National Park receives grant to fund youth trail crews

Mount Rainier National Park is one of 34 national parks receiving a 2013 America’s Best Idea grant from the National Park Foundation, the park announced Wednesday.

According to a statement released by Mount Rainier National Park supports the park’s partnership with the Student Conservation Association.  The statement reads, “Funding from the National Park Foundation supports the crew leaders for three eight-person trail maintenance teams, each made up of Community Program members from Seattle and Base-to-Base Camp youth from JBLM. The first crew is in the field now, and the second and third will be in the park later this

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July
8th

Drivers headed to Mount Rainier should be aware of SR 7 detour

People planning to drive along state Route 7 to reach Mount Rainier National Park and other outdoor recreation opportunities in the Elbe-Ashford area should be aware of a detour.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is closing a 5-mile stretch of highway between La Grande and Alder.

The work is being done to install permanent debris barriers in a location where a slide closed the road in April 2012.

Reporter Stacia Glenn has the details here.

July
8th

Injured climber rescued Sunday evening on Mount Rainier

UPDATED AT 1:18 P.M.

A Canadian man was rescued high on Mount Rainier on Sunday evening after falling and suffering “multiple traumatic injuries,” Mount Rainier National Park announced this morning. The man was taken by Chinook helicopter to Madigan Army Medical Center.

Park spokeswoman Patti Wold identified the victim as Peter Almerling of British Columbia, reported The Associated Press. No additional details on Almerling were available.

According to the park statement, the man fell while descending at 13,500 feet above sea level on the Emmons Glacier. The incident was reported to Camp Schurman, where climbing rangers are stationed,

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July
5th

Road to Windy Ridge is open

Forest Road 99 in Gifford Pinchot National Forest opened Thursday, giving visitors access to Mount St. Helens eastside attractions such as Windy Ridge, Meta Lake and the Miner’s Car as well as the Mount Margaret Backcountry.

Here is the rest of the news release:

Visitors to this remote and unique location deep within the blast-zone can see the amazing impact and recovery from the 1980 eruption. It is an experience to be had nowhere else in the world and only for a short time each year due to snow.

Mount St. Helens Ranger Cory Wall said interpreters hope to see

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July
2nd

Beat the heat at Mount Rainier

People looking to Mount Rainier National Park as an escape from the  current heatwave, best be prepared for a challenging hike.

The National Weather Service forecast for Longmire (2,700 feet elevation) calls for a high Tuesday of 90 degrees. At Paradise, (5,400 feet), the high is expected to be 82 degrees. It is a Camp Muir, at 10,188 feet and a 4-5 hour hike from Paradise, where temperatures will reach a cool 50 degrees.

June
28th

Body of suicide victim discovered at Mount Rainier National Park

The body of a 58-year-old Kent man was discovered Thursday at Mount Rainier National Park, park officials announced Friday. The man had been missing since Wednesday and his wife reported him missing Thursday morning.

Rangers who responded determined the man committed suicide, the park said in a statement released Friday morning.

“At 2:30 p.m. Thursday … visitors at Mount Rainier National Park reported seeing a body lying near the Wonderland Trail north of Longmire, near the Rampart Ridge Trail,” the statement said. “Rangers responded and determined that the individual, a 58-year-old man, was deceased, and a victim of

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June
26th

Sunrise opens Friday at Mount Rainier, other areas to follow

The highest point in Mount Rainier National Park that can be reached by vehicle will open ahead of schedule Friday.

Warm weather has helped melt snow, allowing staff to open Sunrise Road and Sunrise Lodge early. The visitor center is scheduled to open July 3.

The Paradise, Longmire, Ohanapecosh and Carbon River ares of the park are already open for the season. The Narada Falls trail is also open, but may close periodically due to construction.

The Cougar River Campground opens Thursday and the White River Campground follows Friday.

Mowich Lake Road is open Wednesday, July 3, but about three

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