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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. 


Did You Know?

The toe of Carbon Glacier appears dirty as it is covered in silt. Mount Rainier is in the background.

Carbon Glacier, on the north side of Mount Rainier, comes to the lowest elevation of any glacier in the lower 48 states at 3500 feet. It is also Mount Rainier's thickest glacier, one section being nearly 700 feet thick.