Writer Karen Sykes Believed Killed on Rainier

70-year-old Karen Sykes was reported to have died on Rainier on the Owyhigh Lakes Trail.


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4 Climbers and 2 Guides Killed on Rainier’s Liberty Ridge

4 climbers and two guides from Alpine Ascents are believed killed in 3,300 foot fall on Rainier’s Liberty Ridge at about the 12,800 foot level. Park officials say the area is so treacherous that the bodies may not even be found. Among the casualties was guide Matt Hegeman. The worst accident was June 21, 1981, when 11 climbers were killed by an avalanche on Ingraham Glacier.


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Profile of Bravo Company Which Does Helicopter Rescues on Rainier


KING has a nice item on Bravo Company at Joint Base Lewis-McChord that performs helicopter searches on rescues on Rainier.


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Washington Senate Renames Rainier to Mount Seattle Seahawks

The Washington Senate has renamed Rainier “Mount Seattle Seahawks” and changed its park name to “12th Man National Park.” You just knew they couldn’t let a Colorado move go unanswered.

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Road to Paradise To Be Open 7 Days A Week in 2013-14 Winter

The National Park Service plans to keep the road to Paradise open 7 days a week during the winter of 2013-2014. Last season it was closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


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3 Injured in 50 Foot Fall Into Emmons Glacier on Rainier


Three climbers fell 50 feet into Emmons Glacier about 3:30 a.m., Sunday, September 1. The three were airlifted separately. Two of them are critically injured.


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Peak Wildlfower Season on Mount Rainier


It’s peak wildflower season on Mount Rainier and of course the photos are beautiful.


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Hooligans for Heroes Soccer Fans Plan Soccer Game Atop Rainier on June 14, 2014

A group of Detroit soccer fans is planning to a soccer game atop Rainier on June 14, 2014 in a “MISSION: Soccer on the Summit.” Team Hooligans will play Team Heroes, constituted of military members, to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.


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Roundtrip from Paradise to Rainier Summit in 4 hours 19 minutes and 23 seconds

Nick Elson and Eric Carter claim to have made a roundtrip climb/ski down (skiing mountaineering or “skimo”) from Paradise to Rainier in 4 hours 19 minutes and 23 seconds.

The climb was on May 20, 2013 but had just been posted on backcountrymagazine.com.

The previous record was Willie Benegas on September 8, 2008 in a time of 4:40:59.


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Mount Rainier NP Plans to Eliminate CH-47 Helicopter Rescues

Mount Rainier National Park officials are preparing to release a plan to eliminate hoist operations from military CH-47 Chinook helicopters for rescues.

The helicopters were the fastest means of rescue but the process was also very risky at 15,000 feet. The reconsideration came as a result of the 2012 rescue which wound up killing a Rainier climbing ranger.

The park is considering a short haul helicopter plans where “rangers will clip into a line suspended from a helicopter 100 or more feet above, and be flown as ‘human external cargo’ to the rescue site.” Short haul has increasingly become the standard around the world.

Mount Rainier Officials to Rely Less on Helicopters During Rescues – Government – Mercer Island, WA Patch.


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