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Tag: Mount Rainier


Injured climber rescued Sunday evening on Mount Rainier


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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The Wonderland Trail: A 93-mile backpacker’s dream

Each year 820 people attempt to hike the Wonderland Trail, the rigorous 93-mile path around Mount Rainier. Last September I hiked the trail with colleagues Matt Misterek and Drew Perine and Graham firefighter Thad Richardson.

Since March we’ve published a series of articles explaining the trails history as well as how to pack and train for this classic hike. On Sunday the 15-story series ends with our tale from the trail.

Here’s a sneak peak courtesy of videographer Joe Barrentine:


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.


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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Climbing fees to increase at Mount Rainier on Dec. 1

Mount Rainier climbing fees will soon increase by $1 to $44 for adults and $31 for those 24 and younger, park officials announce this morning.

The increase for the annual passes goes into effect on Dec. 1, said park superintendent Randy King in a prepared statement.

The climbing fee was implemented in 1995 and an increase was approved after a series of public meetings last year. The 2011 increase allows the park to adjust the fee annual based on the U.S. Consumer Price Index.

The climbing fee is a special use fee designed to offset cost of Rainier’s climbing program

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Former Mount Rainier staffer Rick Harris retires from National Park Service Northeast Region associate director post

From the National Park Service:

Richard “Rick” Harris, associate regional director for natural resources, science, conservation and recreation assistance in Northeast Region, retired on October 3rd.

Rick began his federal career in 1976 working on wilderness management issues with the US Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest. From the beginning of his National Park Service career in 1983 at Mount Rainier National Park to his final assignment, Rick has been a champion for protecting and preserving resources in parks.

Rick worked in nine parks, four regions and WASO.  He was a graduate of the natural resources training program, a member of the Natural

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Body found on Mount Rainier identified as Michelle Trojanowski


A spokesman for the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office said this afternoon that the body of a woman found Friday on Mount Rainier is that of Michelle Trojanowski.

The 30-year-old Atlanta resident was reported missing Jan. 15 after she and Mark Vucich, a 37-year-old resident of Agoura Hills, Calif., failed to return from was originally called a planned snow camping trip on the Muir Snowfield.

Trojanowski’s body was discovered Thursday by a helicopter crew on a supply flight to Camp Muir. Her body was hanging over the edge of a large crevasse on Paradise

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Bear and cubs wandering near Paradise

Visitors to Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park this weekend got the chance to view a bear and cubs wandering below the road in Paradise Valley. The bears were far below, at a safe distance and definitely too far for visitors to feed them (don’t even try this with marmots let alone bears, by the way).

Sadly, I only had a small point-and-shoot camera in pack and these are the best pics I could get. Let me know if you snapped something better and we can share the pictures here on the blog.