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Category: North Cascades National Park


Helicopter used to rescue North Cascades climber

On July 16, North Cascades National Park officials received notice of a SPOT beacon emergency alert from near the northern Picket Range.

Here is the rest of the news release:

The beacon was registered to a man who had a week-long backcountry permit in the area for a party of two.

Two rangers responded aboard a search and rescue helicopter, contracted from HiLine Helicopters, to investigate. The two climbers with the beacon were quickly found by the helicopter team, but at a location with no landing site nearby. The climbers clearly indicated over and over that they were

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Chip Jenkins leaves North Cascades superintendent post to become Pacific West deputy regional director

Chip Jenkins, who has been serving as superintendent at North Cascades National Park Complex, has been named deputy regional director for resource stewardship and planning for the National Park Service in the Pacific West Region.

In his new position, Jenkins will be responsible for leading and managing park operations for 17 parks located in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, as well as the administration of four major program functions – cultural resources management, natural resources management, planning and environmental compliance. He will also serve as the regional director’s principal representative in the Pacific Northwest and be the lead official for the

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Rangers evacuate four climbers in North Cascades National Park

A statement released this morning by North Cascades National Park:

The North Cascades National Park search and rescue team recently responded to two separate mountaineering accidents, evacuating four people from remote mountain peaks.

On Friday, July 13th, after they successfully navigated through the remote northern Picket range and climbed several peaks, a party of three climbers requested assistance. One of the three hiked out to report that his two partners had been hit and injured by falling snow from a steep wall above their camp in a basin below Luna Peak. Rangers evacuated the injured 29 year-old male and 29 year-old female climbers via a National Park Service-contracted

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Former North Cascades National Park superintendent Keith Miller dies at 87

Former North Cascades National Park superintendent Keith Miller died recently in Bar Harbor Maine. He was 87. Miller started his 36-year career with the National Park Service as a ranger at Mount Rainier National Park. He attended graduate school at the University of Washington and was a middle school teacher in Seattle in the 1950s.

Here is the announcement posted this morning by the National Park Service:


Keith E. Miller, 87, retired career ranger, past superintendent of Acadia and North Cascades, and former ARD for Southwest Region, passed away on June 27th in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Keith was born

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National Parks offer free annual passes for military families

Starting Saturday the National Park Service will offer free annual passes to U.S. military personnel and their dependents. The passes will be good at all 397 national parks.

Here’s a statement released today by the National Park Service and Mount Rainier National Park:

To show our appreciation for those who serve in the U.S.
Military, on May 19 – Armed Forces Day – the National Park Service will begin issuing an annual pass offering free entrance to all 397 national parks for active duty military members and their dependents.

“We all owe a debt to those who sacrifice so much to

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Special avalanche alert issued for Cascades, Olympics

The Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center released a “special avalanche forecast” this morning warning back country travelers in the Cascades and Olympics that the risk of avalanche is currently very high. From the NWAC forecast:

Increasingly warm and mostly fair weather Friday through Monday along with light winds should allow for warming, melt and weakening to affect progressively deeper layers of the snowpack at increasingly high elevations.

As a result, a spring slide cycle involving much of the past season’s snowpack is probable..and should increase in intensity and severity through Monday. Increasing large wet loose or wet slab slides

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National Park Family Day set for May 19 in Seattle

In an effort to connect more people with national parks, the National Park Service and National Parks Conservation Association is hosting National Park Family Day on May 19 in Seattle.

With 13 national park units located in the state, the event is a fun-filled way to connect with the park community, learn more about the natural and cultural treasures they protect and help fill your summer vacation – and beyond – schedule with exploration.

The third annual family day will feature live animal demonstrations by naturalists from the Woodland Park Zoo, a “Family Day in the Garden” section by Seattle

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There is plenty to do outdoors this weekend

With warm temperatures and partly cloudy skies in the forecast, this is a good weekend to get out and enjoy nature. If you need some extra incentive, consider these options:

National Park Week: It began yesterday and runs through April 29. It features free park admission. Mount Rainier National Park will be holding a special Junior Ranger program from noon-4 p.m. at the Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise. You can get details by clicking here.

Washington Coast Cleanup: More than 1,000 volunteers are expected to help clean up derbis and garbage Saturday from Hobuck Beach to

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