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Category: Mount Rainier


Camp Muir webcam up and running for the season

Officials at Mount Rainier National Park have announced that the Camp Muir webcam is up and running again for the summer season.

You can check out the image here.

Camp Muir sits on the shoulder of 14,411-foot Mount Rainier, at an elevation of 10,188 feet (3,000 meters).

In the current view, looking south over some of the Camp Muir buildings and the Tatoosh range you can see Mount St. Helens on the right and Mount Adams on the horizon on the left.


National Park Service will make changes based on review of the death of Mount Rainier climbing ranger Nick Hall

Read the National Park Service Report on accident that led to the death of Nick Hall.  


An pervasive level of comfort among climbing rangers working in dangerous conditions on Mount Rainier might have been a factor in the death of Nick Hall almost a year ago.

That is was one of the findings issued by a National Park Service board of review convened after the June 21, 2012, death of the 33-year-old climbing ranger.

Hall was one of four rangers rescuing four climbers from Texas. Each ranger was assisting a different climber when an Army Reserve Chinook

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Plenty of camping options for Memorial Day weekend

Campers will have plenty of options this holiday weekend, thanks in part to early snowmelt.

In the southeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park, the 188 campsites at Ohanapecosh Campground opens Friday. Cougar Rock Campground, between Longmire and Paradise, will not open until June 27 instead of Friday. The 173-site campground will be open six fewer weeks because of sequestration.

Park officials also said Stevens Canyon Road will open at noon Friday, not 8 a.m. as previously announced, as long as the weather.

At Olympic National Park, campgrounds opening this weekend or shifting from primitive camping to running water include

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Three climbers rescued last weekend on Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier National Park officials issued this press release today regarding a climbing accident over the weekend:

On the afternoon of Saturday, May 18, a party of three climbers was ascending Liberty Ridge near the Mount Rainier summit when a small avalanche swept away the lead climber and emplaced fall protection failed.

Self-arrest efforts by the group’s third member halted the descent of the entire group.

Despite the lead climber’s sustaining an angulated left lower leg fracture, the three climbers were able to reach the top of Liberty Cap.

On the morning of May 19, they contacted a climbing

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Work on Stevens Canyon Road at Mount Rainier begins Friday

Crews will resume work Friday on 10 miles of Stevens Canyon Road in Mount Rainier National Park.

This will be the second and final season of road rehabilitation that begun last summer by Tucci and Sons, Inc., of Tacoma that was awarded the $8.9 million contract.

Work this spring and summer will focus on drainage improvements; repair and stabilization and reconstruction of historic rock retaining walls; leveling the existing asphalt surface in spots; and resurfacing the roadway. Minor repair also will be done at two road tunnels west of Box Canyon.

Visitors should expect delays up 20 minutes through each

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Big cuts coming to Mount Rainier National Park this summer

Here’s a statement from Mount Rainier National Park outlining what cuts it must make after having it’s operating budget reduced by $603,000.:


Mount Rainier’s annual budget last year (in FY12) was $12.08M. This included funding administered by Mount Rainier for human resources and resource Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) programs supporting many national parks in the Pacific Northwest, leaving $11.35M for Mount Rainier operations. From this budget, the park is eliminating $603,000 in planned FY13 expenses to meet the five percent mandated sequestration cuts, resulting in $10.75M available for the year. This year’s reduction is in addition to over $500,000

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Margaret Anderson’s name added to law enforcement memorial



The engraved name of Margaret Anderson, the Mount Rainier National Park ranger killed Jan. 1, 2012, was unveiled this morning at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Also unveiled today was the name of Prince William County (Va.) Police Officer Chris Yung.

The annual Unveiling Day ceremony takes place each year to symbolically starts the process of engraving new names onto the memorial’s marble walls.

Anderson and Yung are among 321 fallen law enforcement officers nationwide whose names will be added to the memorial this spring. A series of formal

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