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Search for missing Wonderland Trail hiker scales back

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Date: July 19, 2014
Contact: Tracy Swartout, Information Officer, 360-569-6502

Search operations for missing hiker Edwin Birch of Tacoma, WA, continue with a reduced number of searchers on the ground Friday. These efforts represented the sixth full operational period of the SAR, and the focus was on high probability locations near the Wonderland Trail, within the Boulder Creak drainage above the Ohanapecosh Rvier. Mount Rainier National Park Search and Rescue staff were assisted by staff from Olympic National Park and Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, and were deployed in two, three person teams. Search activities will be reduced again Saturday, as the park transitions towards a limited continuous search effort.

This section of the Wonderland Trail is snow covered above 6300 feet and patchy at other locations. The park advises that all hikers should come prepared with the ten essentials (http://www.mountaineersbooks.org/Assets/ClientPages/zz_TenEssentials.aspx), and be prepared for difficult travel this time of year when snow can obscure park trails.

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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.