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Tag: Camp Muir


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.


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.


Hiker warning: Crevasses open up on Muir Snowfield

People planning to do the day hike to Camp Muir, or are headed there as they attempt to summit Mount Rainier, should take heed of a warning posted by park rangers.

Be advised that the crevasses on the Muir Snowfield are beginning to open up and pose a hazard to travelers on the snowfield. These crevasses open up every year as the snow melts off, and are deep enough to fall into, cause injury, or be unable to attract help from within. The “bootpack” on the snowfield generally manages to avoid the areas with crevasses, but the “glissade paths” may

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Ted Cox, chief of maintenance at Camp Muir, died Sunday


Here is the story I filed for Wednesday’s newspaper:

Ted Cox, known by many as the “Mayor of Camp Muir,” died Sunday.

Cox, 70, became ill after a month of working at Mount Rainier National Park in late May. By late June the cancer had been diagnosed and treatment was under way, said Stefan Lofgren, mountaineering district ranger.

Cox worked the last 10 summers in charge of maintenance at camp Muir, at 10,188 feet on Mount Rainier.

“Ted was truly a unique spirit and institution on the mountain,” said Mike Gauthier, the former head

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Rescues, gunshot reports keep Mount Rainier staff busy on July 21

A number of incidents on July 21 had staffers at Mount Rainier National Park busy, according to a report released this morning.

It began when a 42-year old man who had taken a short fall near the Disappointment Cleaver walked into the Camp Muir high camp in mid-afternoon seeking help from the climbing rangers. They immediately provided care and organized a litter evacuation of the climber down the Muir Snowfield.

Fifteen minutes later, park dispatch received a 911 call from a concerned parent who reported that her 16-year-old son was climbing with a church group on the Muir Snowfield

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Mount Rainier National Park sets public meetings for Camp Muir changes

Mount Rainier National Park announced today public comment meetings to present plans for changes to structures at Camp Muir. Local meetings will be 6 p.m. on Aug. 6 at the Tacoma Mountaineers Clubhouse and Aug. 9 at the park headquarters near Ashford.

Here is the announcement from the park:

The National Park Service has prepared an Environmental Assessment to analyze potential impacts and benefits of proposed alternatives intended to rehabilitate the Camp Muir Historic District, which is located in Mount Rainier National Park. The Environmental Assessment evaluates four alternatives including a no action alternative, and three action alternatives in which historic structures would be retained,

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