Outdoors

Body of North Bend climber found on Mount Garfield

A tragic week in the backcountry became worse Wednesday morning with the discovery of the body of a climber who has been missing since Monday on Mount Garfield.

The victim, an experienced climber from North Bend in his 30s, fell to his death while climbing the Infinite Bliss route with a female partner, according to the King County Sheriff's Office. The woman, who was uninjured, walked out Monday to report the accident.

Search and rescue crews found the body about 11 a.m. Wednesday.

On Saturday, a climber from Everett died in a rappelling accident in the North Cascades.

Eric Anderson, 28, was climbing with his wife when one of his ropes came free while rappelling on Le Petit Cheval/Spontaneity Arête, according to Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers.

Anderson died from injuries suffered in the fall. His body was recovered by a Snohomish County sheriff’s helicopter.

On Monday, 38-year-old BASE jumper Ron King of Portland was injured after leaping from Tower Rock near Randle.

A witness saw the unidentified man jump from the 3,300-foot rock in the Cispus Valley and hit the rock wall several times before his parachute fully deployed. The man then dropped into the woods.

The man was taken by helicopter to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center. He was in critical condition.

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