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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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Body found at Mount Rainier identified as Mark Vucich


The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the body recovered Tuesday from Mount Rainier as that of Mark Vucich. The cause of death has not been determined.

The 37-year-old resident of Agoura Hills, Calif., and Michelle Trojanowski, 30 of Atlanta, were reported missing Jan. 15 after they failed to return from a planned snow camping trip on the Muir Snowfield.

Also going missing at the same time were climbers Sork “Eric” Yang of Springfield, Ore., and Seol Hee Jin of Korea, both 52.

While the four began their adventures in good weather conditions, a

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Mount Rainier board reviews winter fatalities, incidents

A number of Mount Rainier National Park and National Park Service staffers, plus commercial guides, are holding a board of review to look at the series of incidents earlier this winter.

Five people died on the mountain in December and January, and another three spent two nights after snowshoeing mishaps.

The board is expected to release a report with its findings and recommendations in about two weeks.

Here is a link to the story I wrote about the review in today’s paper.


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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Road to Paradise opens at Mount Rainier, hiking advisory distributed to visitors

The road to Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park opened at 8 a.m. for the first weekend since Jan. 14, when seven people became lost in severe storm conditions.

Three day hikers on snowshoes survived two frigid nights on the mountains, including two featured in today’s News Tribune, while two campers and two mountaineers still have not been found.

The search for the missing four is now considered a “extended, limited, continuous search,” but as many as eight park rangers are searching the Muir Snowfield today for signs of the people.

With the first large group

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