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Published July 18th, 2014 - 12:24PM
Mount Rainier National Park will host its first naturalization ceremony on Monday, July 21, at Paradise, the park announced in a statement released Friday morning.
Published July 17th, 2014 - 8:44PM
64-year-old Edwin Birch has been missing at Mount Rainier since Saturday.
Published July 16th, 2014 - 9:38PM
Two helicopters and 45 ground searchers continue to look for a missing Tacoma hiker on the east side of Mount Rainier.
Published July 16th, 2014 - 7:17AM
Searchers continue to scour the east side of Mount Rainier today in hopes finding a 64-year-old Tacoma man who failed to return from a hike on Saturday.
Published June 27th, 2014 - 1:59PM
Day Lodge will begin summer operations on Saturday.
Published June 24th, 2014 - 7:23AM
70-year-old Seattle woman was reported missing Wednesday night and her body was found Saturday.
Published June 22nd, 2014 - 12:05AM
The ongoing process of freezing and thawing led to the rockfall from Mount Wow that destroyed a pickup truck and is forcing managers to relocate the parking area at the end of Westside Road at Mount Rainier.
Published June 18th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Assuming there is no major snowstorm at Mount Rainier before then, the road to Sunrise is slated to open Friday.
Published June 10th, 2014 - 6:14AM
Scott Salkovics was getting ready for bed May 30 when he got a call from the National Park Service.
Published June 4th, 2014 - 2:23PM

Three Auburn firefighters hiked to Camp Muir on June 3 in honor of a firefighter who died on Liberty Ridge 10 years ago.

At Camp Muir, high above the clouds, the men unfurled a banner that usually hangs in Valley Regional Fire Authority Station 31. The banner is emblazoned with a quote that was regularly used by Capt. Jon Cahill: “Train like you fight … Fight like you train.”

Cahill, who lived in Orting, died June 3, 2004, when he slipped and fell on Liberty Ridge. He was one of four men who died on that route that spring.

Last week, six men died on Liberty Ridge in the second worst mountaineering accident in Mount Rainier National Park history. In total, 26 climbers have died on Liberty Ridge.

Firefighters Jeremy Nylund, Neil Pedersen and Ryan Shervanick have a passion for mountaineering and thought a trip to Muir was a fitting way to honor Cahill, according to a statement released by the Valley Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 1352.

“He (Cahill) was revered and respected for his enthusiasm for training,” the statement read. “Jon may have left us 10 years ago but his spirit is alive and well here at the fire houses of the Valley Regional Fire Authority.”

Cahill is survived by his wife, Debbie, and his children, Michael, Matthew, Katie and Kelly.

Published June 3rd, 2014 - 8:20PM

Guide services say weather and conditions are excellent for climbing Mount Rainier’s Liberty Ridge, but they’re cancelling planned trips anyway.

Alpine Ascents International, who had two guides and four clients died on the route last week, cancelled a trip for late June. Ashford-based International Mountain Guides and Rainier Mountaineering Inc. also cancelled Liberty Ridge expeditions.

All three had one trip planned for June. The route typically becomes unclimbable in late June or early July.

“We felt it was too soon on the heels of this unfortunate event … and out of respect for the climbers, guides and families,” said Peter Whittaker of RMI.

Eric Simonson of IMG had a group scheduled to climb the route starting June 8. They’ve also cancelled and will climb the Fuhrer Finger route instead.

Published June 3rd, 2014 - 6:48PM
The family of Mark Mahaney, one of six people presumed to have died on Mount Rainier last week, issued a statement Tuesday evening.
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