Skier identified after body was missing for a month on Mount Rainier


A skier recovered from Mount Rainier a month after falling through a snowbridge has been identified as Dmitri Pajitnov.

The 30-year-old was skiing down from 10,000-foot Camp Muir to Paradise July 3 when he fell through a snowbridge in the Pebble Creek area.

His partner searched for hours with an avalanche probe but couldn’t find him.

The park has conducted more than 22 ground and air searches of the area since then.

After Pajitnov disappeared, his friends started a GoFundMe page and raised more than $21,000 to fund private searches for his body.

“First and foremost, we would like to recover Dima’s body and bring him home for a proper funeral,” according to the page.

Pajitnov’s body was spotted earlier this month after the snow melted out.

Eight search and rescue members retrieved his body Saturday at the bottom of a waterfall nearly 100 feet from where he fell.

He died of multiple traumatic injuries, according to the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office.

“Dima was a role model and a great friend to so many people in our tight knit community,” friends wrote on the GoFundMe page. “He had limitless compassion for others, while always striving to improve the world we all live in. Spending a day with Dima often resulted in a lifelong friendship.”

Pajitnov was a first-year medical student at St. George’s University and a member of the Heavenly Area Ski Patrol at Lake Tahoe, California, according to a website created in remembrance of him.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653