NEWS ABOUT: Mt. Rainier

Outdoors Writer Died of Hypothermia

Karen Sykes disappeared in Mt. Rainier National Park

(Newser) - An outdoors writer nicknamed the "guru of trails" died of hypothermia after disappearing on a hike in Mount Rainier National Park last week, authorities have confirmed, ruling the death an accident. Karen Sykes, 70, had written more than 100 stories about hikes in the area and associates say that... More »

Search for Missing Writer Called Off as Body Found

Corpse hasn't yet been positively identified as Karen Sykes

(Newser) - Rescuers have suspended the search for missing outdoors-woman Karen Sykes , after finding the body of a woman on a little-traveled part of Mount Rainier, the AP reports. The body hasn't been concretely identified as Sykes, and the cause of death isn't yet clear; the remains have been taken... More »

Mt. Rainier Victim Predicted Tough Climb

6 bodies may never be found, park officials say

(Newser) - The six people believed to have died in Mount Rainier's worst accident in decades include a veteran climber who had reached the Washington state mountain's summit more than 50 times. "We're still in a state of shock," a spokesman for the company that organized the... More »

6 Missing on Mount Rainier Feared Dead

Helicopter crews spot gear at bottom of 3K-foot drop

(Newser) - Four climbers and two guides who went missing last week almost 13,000 feet up Mount Rainier are now presumed dead after rescuers found their gear at the bottom of a 3,000-foot drop in an area prone to avalanches, reports NBC . "There is every indication there is not... More »

Ranger Dies Saving Injured Mt. Rainier Climbers

He slid to his death while helping stranded party of 4

(Newser) - A ranger has died during a mission to rescue four injured climbers stranded on Mount Rainier. The 34-year-old ranger slid more than 3,000 feet to his death as he helped prepare the climbers to be taken from the 14,400-foot Washington mountain, reports AP . The four climbers from Texas... More »

Lost Snowshoer Burned Cash to Survive

Yong Chun Kim also dreamed of his wife, sauna while stranded on Mt. Rainier

(Newser) - Good thing he had money to burn. That's how lost Tacoma snowshoe hiker Yong Chun Kim, 66, survived two days in the mountains of Washington state until rescuers found him. He had no overnight gear in the freezing weather, but he ran in place and used fire starters to... More »

Mt. Rainier Suspect Drowned: Autopsy

Plus, troubling details about suspected gunman Benjamin Colton Barnes

(Newser) - The Iraq war veteran suspected of killing a Mount Rainier ranger died from drowning, with hypothermia contributing to his death, his autopsy concludes. Benjamin Colton Barnes was found "face down, totally in the water" of a creek, wearing just jeans, a T-shirt, and one shoe, according to a sheriff'... More »

Mt. Rainier Suspect Found Dead

Benjamin Barnes likely died of exposure in chest-deep snow

(Newser) - The suspected gunman wanted in the murder of a Mount Rainier park ranger has been found dead, reports King 5 News . Benjamin Colton Barnes, 24, was found face down in chest-deep snow, and while there's no official cause of death, the AP notes that it appears likely that he... More »

Survivalist Hunted in Park Ranger Murder

Cops believe he shot mom of two after house party shootings

(Newser) - A young Washington man with military experience and survivalist skills is suspected in the shooting death of a 34-year-old Mt. Rainier park ranger and mom of two. Benjamin Colton Barnes, 24, is also suspected in the shooting of four others wounded earlier at a Skyway house party, reports ABC News... More »

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