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Tag: Yong Chun Kim


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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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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Tacoma man found alive on Mount Rainier, grateful family issues statement


UPDATE, 11:46 p.m. – Yong Kim was evacuated at 11 p.m. and was in good enough condition that he didn’t not need to travel to a hospital, park spokeswoman Lee Taylor said. Instead, he is going home.

UPDATE, 10:20 p.m. – Yong Kim was the second save in three days for one rescuer.

UPDATE, 10 p.m. – Just spoke with Stefan Lofgren at Mount Rainier National Park. He said Kim is out of the backcountry and awaiting snow cat transportation on closed Stevens Canyon Road.

Here is a statement released moments ago by the

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Ski areas issue powder alerts, avalanche danger “considerable,” Rainier’s road to Paradise closed

While snow is making the three-day weekend a challenge for many motorists, it’s a treat for skiers and snowboarders. Although one popular snow destination, Mount Rainier’s Paradise, is closed today.

Crystal Mountain issued a powder alert this morning with 7 inches of fresh snow. The state’s largest ski area has received 19 inches of new snow in the last 48 hours.

White Pass is also prepping for a powder day with six inches of new snow and 17 inches in the past 48 hours. The Summit at Snoqualmie has four inches of new snow and Stevens Pass has five inches.

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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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