UPDATE as of 9:15 p.m. The climber has been identified as 62-year-old Timothy Hagan, of Bellevue, the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office said.
INITIAL POST: A climber descending a peak in the northern part of Mount Rainier National Park has died, and search crews recovered his body Tuesday.
The man has not been identified.
A group of three people set out Sunday to climb Sluiskin Mountain, a 7,026-foot peak in the Lake Crescent area.
They summited The Chief — one of two summits on Sluiskin — which includes an exposed area near the top rated by climbers as a Class 4 scramble, meaning it is hazardous enough that using a rope is recommended.
The mountain is in an isolated area east of Windy Gap on the Northern Loop Trail.
The climber fell during the descent, possibly while rappelling, said Fawn Bauer, a park spokeswoman.
The other two climbers were not hurt and hiked 13 1/2 miles to notify rangers about the fatal accident.
Searchers got a helicopter in the air Monday to look for the man’s body, but were unable to reach Sluiskin because of whiteout conditions.
The air search resumed Tuesday and the body was found.
Investigators will look into what caused the fall.
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