The Adventure Guys

The inside story on outside recreation for South Puget Sound and beyond

NOTICE: The Adventure Guys has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved The Adventure Guys.
Visit the new section.

Tag: David Gottblieb


Joe Puryear, a former Mount Rainier climbing ranger, dies climbing Tibetan mountain

Joe Puryear, a former Mount Rainier National Park climbing ranger, died Tuesday (Tacoma time) in a climbing accident on 24,170-foot Labuche Kang in a remote region of Tibet.

Mike Gauthier, the former supervisory climbing ranger at the park, learned this morning that Puryear apparently fell 1,500 feet after breaking through a cornice while ascending the peak.

He was climbing with David Gottlieb, the park’s lead climbing ranger, when the accident occurred.

Gauthier said Gottlieb did not see the incident. Apparently Gottlieb ascended to the top of a ridgeline only to find Puryear’s tracks leading to a broken ledge. Gottlieb climbed

Read more »