Mt. Rainier National Park

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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 »

Outdoors Writer Disappears While Working on Story

Seattle's Karen Sykes had been hiking Mount Rainier

(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... 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 »

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 »

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