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Man dies in Edith Creek above Mount Rainier’s Paradise

A man died in Edith Creek on Wednesday above Paradise, a Mount Rainier National Park spokesman confirmed Thursday.

The man, who has not yet been identified, was sliding intentionally on the snow when he fell through and into the creek, spokeswoman Patti Wold said.

The man was washed about 30 feet and was trapped under the snow, she said. His son called for help and a team of guides from Rainier Mountaineering Inc. were first to respond.

A guide climbed into the hole and found the man. The man was removed from the creek and CPR was performed but he

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Nick Hall: No recovery before July 4, “no pressure” as family wants “safe as possible” mission

The body of Mount Rainier climbing ranger Nick Hall won’t be recovered until after the Fourth of July, a National Park spokeswoman said this morning.

Weather windows early this week appear to be too small to safely get a crew of climbing rangers to Hall’s body via helicopter, said Kathy Steichen, Olympic National Park’s chief of interpretation serving as a Rainier spokeswoman during this incident.

“Nick Hall’s family totally understands and wants this to be as safe as possible,” Steichen said. “There is no pressure (to do the recovery sooner).”

Steichen says the first promising weather window for recovering Hall

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More snow falls in the Cascades; boon to ski areas

Heavy snowfall continues to blanket the Cascades.

Paradise received more than 17 inches of snow in the last 24 hours, bringing the total on the ground up to 164 inches. Back on Feb. 13, the total was just 124 inches. The current snow depth is 106 percent of normal.

There was no word this morning on the opening of the road from Longmire to Paradise.

The Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center is forecasting considerable avalanche danger above 5,000 feet and moderate danger below that. The danger level will slowly decrease tonight.

Crystal Mountain Resort reported this morning that it received

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Road to Paradise to open about noon; fresh snow at ski area; chains required for most on Snoqualmie Pass


Mount Rainier officials are now estimating the road from Longmire to Paradise will be open about noon. Crews are currently plowing the parking lots and road at Paradise.

The Paradise area has received 14 inches of snow since Friday afternoon.


Plenty of new snow in the mountains is causing access issues in some places, but should make for a good day on the ski slopes.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning until Sunday night. The forecast calls for at least of foot of snow in the mountain passes.


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Fresh dump of snow at Paradise

Checking the webcams at Paradise this morning, I came across this rather stunning scene, drifting snow blanketing the upper parking lot.

The Paradise area at Mount Rainier National Park has received more than 20 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours, bringing the on-the-ground total to 139 inches.

According to the park, the road from Longmire to Paradise is not expected to open before 11 a.m. today. The park’s snowplows have yet to make it to Paradise.


Storm keeps road above Longmire closed today, park aims to open snowplay area for weekend

UPDATED 10:29 A.M.

Mount Rainier National Park officials just announced the road to Paradise will remain closed at Longmire today.

The latest winter storm has brought 7-9 inches of new snow to Paradise, and more is expected today. The current National Weather Service forecast is calling for another 12-20 inches of snow today and tonight at Paradise.

Despite today’s closure, the park is planning for Paradise and the snowplay area to be open for the entire weekend, said Chief Ranger Chuck Young.

“The only thing that would prevent that would be if weather and snow is so extreme

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Avalanche fears shut road to Paradise; no new word on stranded foursome

Officials at Mount Rainier National Park a short time ago announced the road to Paradise will be closed at Longmire due to avalanche danger.

In the meantime, there has been no new word on the four people caught on the mountain by the storm. Check out our story and the ensuing discussion.

Winds continue to blast the upper mountain, where the pair of campers and pair of climbers are stranded. Winds at Camp Muir were averaging 95-96 mph early this morning, with peak gusts reaching 114 mph.

Lower on the mountain, they have had so much snow that chains

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Tacoma man missing on Rainier after falling during snowshoe hike

UPDATE: At 4:47 p.m., as the sun sets searchers are making their way back to Paradise and all are expected to report in by 5 p.m. The search will continue Monday, said park spokeswoman Lee Taylor, and the road to Paradise will be closed above Longmire. Searchers spoke with backcountry campers who said they saw tracks leading down the Stevens Creek drainage, a common wrong way route for lost climbers and snowshoers. The drainage would lead to Stevens Canyon Road, which is closed for the winter.

UPDATE: At 3:33 p.m., the park distributed a statement from superintendent

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