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Contact: Kevin Bacher, Public Information Officer, 360-569-6567
The body of a climber was successfully recovered Wednesday from the base of Dewey Peak in Mount Rainier National Park.
The climber, Stephen Kornbluth, 35, of Seattle, Washington, fell while descending from the peak on Tuesday, August 14. He and his two companions were attempting a technical ascent of the peak’s west face, which is located on the east side of the park about 3½ miles south of Chinook Pass.
After the fall, the two surviving climbers reported the accident by 911 cell phone call, then descended to their fallen companion but were not able to revive him. Rangers from Mount Rainier National Park responded, in cooperation with Yakima County Sheriff’s Office and Greenwater Fire Department. Rangers were unable to reach the site that evening due to the difficult terrain and late hour. On Wednesday morning, they conducted a short-haul recovery of Kornbluth’s body using the park’s helicopter. The body has been released to the Pierce County Medical Examiner.