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Recovery on the Muir Snowfield

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Date: August 7, 2012
Contact: Patti Wold, PIO, 360-569-6701

On Monday, August 6, rapidly melting snow on the lower reaches of the Muir Snowfield revealed a male body at the 8,000' level, approximately 0.5 mile above Pebble Creek. It appeared that the body had been under snow for some time. A party descending from Camp Muir spotted the individual late yesterday within sight of the trail. The individual was brought down the mountain on a litter by park rangers today. His identity will be determined by the Pierce County Medical Examiner.

It is possible that the individual may be one of the four climbers lost during the January storms; however no additional evidence or bodies were found in the search area. Warm weather is expected to continue rapidly melting snow in the area over the next month or two, which may uncover evidence related to the missing climbers. The search for the four missing climbers is still active and ongoing on a limited basis. Searches are conducted during scheduled flights in the park and as crews are in the area. The park is interested in hearing from anybody that sees any items that may be associated with the missing climbers. 

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Did You Know?

Mount Rainier summit with Mount Adams in the distance.

At 14,410 feet, Mount Rainier is the highest peak in the Cascade Range. From various locations around the park you can see four other Cascade volcanoes: Mount Saint Helens, Mount Adams, Mount Baker, and Glacier Peak. On a clear day, you can see the tip of Mount Hood, in northern Oregon, from Paradise Meadows.