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Tag: Everett Phillips


A painful, emotional month winds down at Mount Rainier National Park

Perhaps nobody will be more excited to turn the page on their calendar tonight than the staff at Mount Rainier National Park.

“I would say if there was one word to describe (how the staff is feeling) it would be ‘weary,’” said park volunteer and outreach manager Kevin Bacher. “I’ve heard so many people say, ‘I can’t wait for this winter to be over.’ ”

January has been one of the most tragic months in the 113-year history of the park, but it’s also had some incredible moments. But through the ups and downs it has been consistently emotional.


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Rainier snowshoer was second save in three days for one rescuer.

UPDATE, 3:29 p.m. – Crystal Mountain ski patrol members Blaine Horner and Leah Fisher were also involved in Monday’s rescue of Kim.


Yong C. Kim was found on the upper drainage by two members of the Crystal Mountain Ski Patrol led by Rainier ranger Jordan Mammel.

Rescuers evacuated Kim on a litter down the drainage to the Stevens Canyon Road, which is closed for the winter. He was then taken to by snow cat to the open portion of the road below Paradise, where his family planned to be waiting. He was expected to be taken to

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