Mike Gauthier Predicts Great Rainier Climbing Year Despite Lack of Snow

The News Tribune says Rainier Climbing Ranger Mike Gauthier is predicting one of the best years for climbing Rainier.
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Heavy Snows Reopen Northwest Ski Resorts for First Time Since January

Nearly two feet of snow in the past two weeks have opened Northwest Ski Resorts for the first time since mid-January in this year’s record low snow. Ironically March 31 is the last date that Snotel traditionally measures snowpack. The snow depth at the Mount Hood Station jumped from about 37 inches on March 23rd to 60 inches yesterday. But that’s still only 31 percent of average which is normally more than 100 inches this time of year.


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Exhibit Shows 82 X’s Where Indians Signed Away Rainier and Hood in 1855 Point Elliott Treaty

The HeraldNet reports an exhibit at the Mukilteo Light Station shows the actual 1855 Point Elliott Treaty signed with 82 “X” mark signatures from Indian Chiefs in which they gave Mount Hood and Mount Rainier to the white men. The exhibit is at Mukilteo’s Point Elliott which is where it is believed to have been signed (although some reports indicate it could have been closer to the mouth of the Snohomish River, where a major native village stood in 1855, in what is now Everett).
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Man Wearing Tennis Shoes in Fatal Fall on Mount Pilchuck

The Post Intelligencer reports Paul Toomey, 19, of Everett slid 700 feet downMount Pilchuck and then fell over a 200 foot cliff. Toomey was wearing tennis shoes and had gone off the trail when he lost his balance in slushy snow near a lookout at about the 5,000-foot level of the 5,324-foot mountain.


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Only 3 Feet of Snow Remains at Paradise in Record Dry Year

There have been a lot of articles about the record low snowpack on Rainier and the Pacific Northwest including Hood while California is having near record excess snowpack (leading to a very rare blossoming Death Valley). AP notes the snowpack spectacularly dwarfs that last record low in 1977. For instance, the record low water content at Stampede Pass was 11.1 inches. It is now 2.5 inches. At Paradise less than 3 feet of snow remained on the meadows, with some spots having only a few inches. Normally, Paradise has 15 to 20 feet of snow in late winter.

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Fatal Fall as Woman Attempts to Rescue Dog in Olympics

The Olympian reports Natalie Ann Chambers fell 350 feet after attempting to rescue her dog who had fallen on the trail near Mud Mountain Dam. She fell onto the ledge with her dog 15 feet below the trail before falling further. The dog survived.


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Lahar False Alert on Rainier

KIRO-TV reports officials are investigating why Rainier’s lahar mud flow sirens went off accidentally Tuesday morning. The sirens are normally tested each month


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RMI Guide Airlifted Off Rainier After Problems on Ptarmigan Ridge Route

King5 reports Rainier Mountaineering Guide Chris Bamer was airlifted from Camp Muir after suffering from frostbite on the Ptarmigan Ridge route after running into chest deep snow and white out conditions. His companion Rob Montague accompanied by five rescuers was able to walk off the mountain.


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Number of Rainier Climbers Decreased For Fourth Year in Row

The Rainier climbing report for 2004 is out. It notes that registed climbers on Rainier have decreased each year since its high of 13,114 in 2000 to 9,251 in 2004. The overwhelming number (5,400 went up Disappointment Cleaver) while 1,700 went up Emmons. The other routes were numbered in the hundreds. There was nearly a 54% summit percentage success rate (higher than the 46% success rate in 2000).
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Pineapple Express Closes Most Ski Resorts in Washington

The Seattle Post-Intelligncer reports that most Washington ski resorts (including most on Raineir except Crystal) have closed because unseasonably warm temp and 7 inch rains have almost eliminated their snowpack. The resorts opened late (last week of December) because of the lack of snow to begin with. They have billed the unseasonable conditions “the Pineapple Express.”


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Scientists Predict 25% of Northwest Glaciers Will Be Gone By 2030

Cascadia Scorecard quoting a Denver Post article on Global Warming notes that Northwest Scientist issued the “The Scientific Consensus Statement of the Likely Impacts of Climate Change on the Pacific Northwest” noting that a quarter of Northwest Glaciers will be gone by 2030.


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Mount Hood Snowpack 21% Of Normal (More Dry Weather Predicted in 2005)

An article in Columbian.com notes that the official snow measuring station on Mount Hood shows 30 inches of snow which is 21% of average for this time of year. Statewide Washington shows snowpack 38% of normal and Oregon is 46%. Forecasts are calling for more extended dry weather.


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Snow Closes Chinook and Cayuse Pass on Rainier

The first big snows of the 2004-05 season have closed the two passes on Rainier — “temporarily” according to officials but they will be closed for the season soon. Network54 Forum.


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Snow Closes Chinook and Cayuse Pass on Rainier

Snow Closes Chinook and Cayuse Pass on Rainier


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Mount St. Helens Pumps 50-250 Tons of Sulfur Dioxide Per Day

Mount St. Helens Pumps 50-250 Tons of Sulfur Dioxide Per Day


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