August 19, 2013
Be vigilant of the current weather forecast, particularly in case of thunderstorms and the chance of lightning. This Backcountry Lightning Safety Guide from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) provides information and safety tips on what to do if you are caught in a thunderstorm.
July 7, 2013
ADVISORY: Melting Snow bridges and High Streamflows create Hazards for Hikers, Skiers, and Snowshoers in Mount Rainier :
Over the July 4th holiday weekend, two snowboarders narrowly missed severe injury or death by unknowingly breaking through a melting snow bridge they had crossed. Last year, an individual was killed near Paradise when he glissaded down the slope above Paradise, and fell through a snow bridge into icy Edith Creek. All ended up in hidden creeks flowing under the snow. The individual who died drowned when he couldn't extricate himself from the water. The snowboarders had to be rescued from the precarious point they ended up on. This is a relatively common occurrence in the sub-alpine zone, and one that you need to be aware of to keep your visit from turning into a tragedy.
Here are a few simple steps to keep from falling from a collapsing snow bridge as snow melts out this summer.
-KNOW BEFORE YOU GO! Take the time to learn how to read a map of the area you intend to travel, plan your route, and note hazardous features. Mount Rainier National Park has multiple visitor centers and wilderness information centers that can assist you with planning a trip, and being aware of hazards such as snow covered water features.
-STOP, LOOK, & LISTEN, BEFORE YOU CROSS THE STREAM! Be aware of your surroundings. If traveling in unknown or unfamiliar terrain take frequent STOPS to reassess your surroundings for potential hazards. LOOK at land features in snow that look like there could be a water feature beneath it. LISTEN to hear how loud the water sounds. If in doubt, do not proceed over a precarious location.
Any questions in regards to hiking in the wilderness of Mount Rainier National Park and how to mitigate potential hazards can be directed to any of the Rangers in the park's Visitor Centers or Wilderness Information Centers. The Longmire Wilderness Information Center can be reached at 360-569-6650; White River Wilderness Information Center at 360-569-6670.
Also, hiking safety information can be found at the park's website at www.nps.gov/mora.
Please remember to have fun and stay SAFE at Mount Rainier National Park.
Did You Know?
Feeding wildlife invites aggressive animal behavior, road accidents, and harm to people. Feeding birds artificially concentrates nest predators, harming young songbirds. Feeding animals in the park is prohibited, and is liable to a $100 fine. Follow link to learn how to Keep Wildlife Wild: More...