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Category: North Cascades National Park

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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April
4th

Get your outdoor club’s info into our special section

We are preparing a special section on summer outdoor recreation options in Western Washington. One element of the content will be a listing of outdoors groups in the South Sound.

So, here’s the deal. Your group can get a free mention in the section, but you have to send us the information.

Here is what we would you like to send us: club name, main activity you participate in, major event club hosts; general meeting time and location; website and/or phone number.

Here is an example: South Sound Chapter-Puget Sound Anglers: Salmon fishing; hosts the South Sound Salmon Derby in

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Feb.
12th

North Cascades National Park interpretation chief Charles Beall selected Bevinetto Fellow.

A statement released today by the National Park Service:

William “Gordy” Kito and Charles Beall were selected in December as the National Park Service’s Bevinetto Fellows for 2013-2014.

Their first year will be spent working as congressional staff – Gordy will work for the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in the U.S. Senate, Charles for the Committee on Natural Resources in the U.S. House of Representatives.  In the second year of their fellowship, they will work in the NPS Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs and an office of the NPS Directorate.

Gordy has been a concessions specialist for

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Jan.
30th

Karen Taylor-Goodrich named new superintendent of North Cascades National Park complex

Karen Taylor-Goodrich has been named the new superintendent of North Cascades National Park Service Complex. She will start her new duties in March.

Taylor-Goodrich has been the superintendent at Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks in California for the last three years. She fills the vacancy created when Chip Jenkins left the park last year to become the National Park Service Pacific West’s deputy regional director in Seattle.

Her career of more than 30 years with the Park Service included a stint at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area.

“Returning to work and live in the Pacific Northwest has been a

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Nov.
19th

Charges pending in North Cascades National Park helicopter crash.

The National Park Services released a statement this morning regarding the Oct. 3 helicopter crash in North Cascades National Park.

On October 4th, rangers received a report that a leased Robinson 22 helicopter had crashed the day before in a remote area of the park about six miles south of the international border with Canada. Rangers located and interviewed the pilot and passenger, who were uninjured in the crash and had hiked out over 20 miles to the nearest road. After several days of poor weather conditions and some rough off-trail travel, rangers documented the scene with agents from Homeland

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Sep.
21st

North Cascades/Lake Chelan joins list of burn bans

Campfires are now banned in portions of Lake Chelan National Recreation Area and North Cascades National Park. As of today, campfires are banned in the following campgrounds and picnic areas (listed, roughly, north to south):

Bridge Creek, Bridge Creek Group, Bridge Creek Stock, Shady, Tumwater, High Bridge, Harlequin, Harlequin Group, Rainbow Falls, Purple Point, Purple Point Stock, Purple Point Overflow, Weaver Point, Manly Wham and Flick Creek.

The ignition of wood, briquettes, or any fuel in fire pits, fire pans, barbecue grills or other devices is prohibited in these places until further notice.

This ban in the middle and lower

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Sep.
18th

Reports detail Sept. 8-9 rescues on Ruth Mountain, Mount Torment

A trio of climbers were rescued on Sept. 9 from a crevasse on Ruth Mountain, just outside the northwest boundary of North Cascades National Park.

In a recap of the incident released today, chief ranger Kinsey Shilling said park dispatch was notified there were three injured climbers on Ruth Mountain. The climbers had fallen into a crevasse in mid-morning. One had managed to climb out on his own, reached a location with cell phone reception and dialed 911.
Whatcom County Search and Rescue was notified and alerted park dispatch to the situation. Rangers accepted a request from the sheriff’s

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Sep.
7th

Man dies during North Cascades National Park backcountry trip

A man died Labor Day during a backcountry trip in North Cascades National Park, park official said in a statement released this morning by the National Park Service.

According to the brief statement the man collapsed Monday morning at the Panther Creek backcountry camp and was unresponsive. The man’s son performed CPR but couldn’t revive his father. The son and his 9-year-old daughter then hiked three miles to the trailhead where they contacted park staff requesting help.

Rangers flew in to investigate and airlifted the body out of the backcountry. Fourteen park workers, a family member and a pilot from

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