September 15, 2010
Kelly Bush, 360-391-3579
Marblemount, WA— The body of missing climber John Arum was recovered today via helicopter by Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office at the request of the National Park Service. The 49-year old mountaineer from the Seattle area began a solo attempt of the 8,500-foot Storm
King Mountain on Saturday August 28th and was reported overdue on Monday, August 30th.
Arum’s body was located from the air by National Park Service
personnel on September 3rd on the steep face of Storm King Mountain at an elevation of 7,700. Due to technical challenges and poor weather, recovery operations were delayed.
Search and recovery participants included members of the Stehekin community, Chelan County Mountain Rescue, King County Sheriff’s Office, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, and National Park Service.
Photographs of Storm King Mountain, including the approximate location of Arum’s fall are available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/northcascadesnationalpark/sets/72157624748751327