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Category: Search and Rescue

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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Feb.
15th

Couple who survived deadly Rainier storm getting married tomorrow in Whistler, B.C.

In the last line of a story I wrote last winter about a couple who survived a deadly storm on Mount Rainier, I shared a quote from Josephine Johnson of Lacey about her boyfriend of eight months.

“He is so amazing,” Johnson said of Jim Dickman, who lives in Vancouver, Wash. “I’m going to marry this man.”

Tomorrow she’ll make good on that promise when the couple plans to wed in Whistler, B.C. “Pique,” a Whistler news magazine, profiled the outdoor-lovers on its website yesterday, Valentine’s Day.

After the wedding the couple plans to celebrate with a bobsled ride

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Jan.
3rd

Skydiver missing near North Bend’s Mount Si

From the Associated Press:

Search and rescue teams are looking for skydiver reported missing in the Cascade foothills east of Seattle.

King County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cindi West says the helicopter pilot reported that the skydiver had made a jump from about 2,000 feet near Mount Si on Thursday afternoon, but never showed up at the landing site. The pilot didn’t know whether the skydiver’s parachute had opened.

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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Nov.
5th

Search continues for missing hunter near White Pass

From the Associated Press:

More teams are joining the search Monday for a hunter on horseback who has been missing since Saturday near White Pass.

The Yakima County sheriff’s office says the man’s hunting partner reported him missing Sunday evening. The 49-year-old Cashmere man was on horseback.

The search area is on the border of Lewis and Yakima counties, between Dog Lake and Dumbbell lakes and including the Pacific Crest Trail north of Highway 12.

 

Sep.
24th

Mount Rainier National Park could increase cell phone coverage in park

Can you hear me now?

The odds aren’t very good if you are trying to make a cell phone call at Mount Rainier National Park. There are places where you can make calls: the summit (sometimes), Sunrise (almost always) and standing next to the stop sign at Paradise (depending on your carrier).

However, there is no cell phone reception in one of the most popular areas of the park, the 10-mile corridor from Longmire to Paradise. And even at Paradise reception is sketchy at best.

This might soon change as park officials look for ways to make Rainier a little

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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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Aug.
29th

Searchers find missing hiker in Olympic National Park


UPDATE

From the Associated Press:

A Mountlake Terrace, Wash., man overdue on a hike in Olympic National Park has been found. A park spokeswoman says 32-year-old Tim Bailey has a broken left ankle.

Spokeswoman Rainey McKenna says ground searchers heard gunshots and directed a search helicopter to check them out. The helicopter found Bailey at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The hiker told rescuers he broke his ankle Saturday when he tumbled about 150 feet down a slope. Despite the injury, McKenna says he is alert and oriented. Ground searchers who have food and medical equipment are with him.

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