Outdoors Writer Disappears While Working on Story
Seattle's Karen Sykes had been hiking Mount Rainier
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2014 2:40 PM CDT
This undated photo shows Karen Sykes.   (AP Photo/Lola Kemp)

(Newser) – Rescuers are searching Mount Rainier for an experienced hiker and outdoors writer who disappeared on a hike Wednesday, reports AP. Missing is Karen Sykes, 70, an author who has written frequently in print and online about hikes in Seattle and throughout the Northwest, reports NBC News. "She is the guru of trails," says one friend. Sykes went to Mount Rainier National Park Wednesday with a friend to research another hiking article, and separated from her partner at about 5,000 feet: snow level, says a park spokesperson.

Giving her friends hope is that, in addition to a lifetime of experience, Sykes had gear for an overnight hike. "She's the last person anyone would expect to get lost, particularly on Mount Rainier," says Greg Johnston, a fellow outdoors writer who got Sykes to write a column ("Hike of the Week") for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that ran for years. "If anybody can survive it, it's her. She's really tough and really savvy." (Her disappearance comes about 3 weeks after six hikers are believed to have fallen to their deaths on Rainier.)

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VooDoo
Jun 22, 2014 8:41 AM CDT
They found her. Correction; They found a womans body. They haven't identified it yet.
Ezekiel 25:17
Jun 21, 2014 10:19 PM CDT
Someone needs to introduce her to the SPOT device. Although I take ham radio gear on my treks that include the ability to bounce signals off satellites and talk to the ISS, I have my SPOT box. Its cheap and reliable. As for how I am able to hit amateur radio satellites without taking big antenna gear, I utilize a tape measure antenna. It rolls up when I don't need it.
Benjamin Ghazi
Jun 21, 2014 6:52 PM CDT
Maybe she flew away into the sky like that flying carpenter guy in Nazareth did. It could happen!