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Fatalities at Mt. Rainier National Park

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# Name Date Activity Factor Cause Dispostion Location Details
1 Arvid Lahti 2016-03-26 Climbing(Summit) Exposure Hypothermia Closed Beehive An emergency radio call from a Mountaineers group at the Camp Muir shelter was received by Mt. Rainier National Park staff at approximately 2000 hours on 3/26/2016. The group reported that there was gear in the shelter associated with a climbing team that had ascended earlier but had not returned. A significant storm event had happened earlier and they felt like there was an emergency with the missing climbers. Also, overnight, park staff received a report of an emergency SPOT activation by a snowshoer on the Muir Snowfield. Mountain Rescue Association teams began to hike to Camp Muir in the morning on 3/27, both to look for the overdue snowshoer and to provide coordination for the recreational climbers at Camp Muir. At approximately 0930 hours the climbers at Camp Muir reported that a female climber had been heard screaming from above the Camp Muir area. They were able to assist her in getting to the shelter at Camp Muir. She reported to them that her climbing partner had appeared deceased after they were caught in a storm while descending. Soon after the climbers at Muir relayed that the overdue snowshoer had arrived at Camp Muir. The next day, 3/28, a Chinook helicopter and crew from Joint Base Lewis McChord, along with Mt. Rainier personnel, was able to do a reconnaissance flight and spotted the deceased climber at approximately 10,600 feet, about 400 vertical feet away from Camp Muir. The Chinook then extracted the two patients from Muir and flew them to Madigan Army Hospital, where they were both released. On 3/30 four Mt. Rainier Rangers were able to access the body and performed a lower to Camp Muir. The high winds abated, and a long-line mission was successful at bringing the body to Kautz Helibase in the late afternoon. Both of these incidents point to the need to stay on top of weather forecasts, and to always be prepared for the possibility of needing an emergency bivouac.
2 Kyle Bufis 2015-06-12 Mountaineering Unroped Exposure Hypothermia Closed ASUM - Summit At 0510 Hours on June 12th, 2015, Mount Rainier National Park was notified by phone that a party of three climbers descending the Emmons-Winthrop route had become separated at approximately 14,200' elevation in poor weather, and that one was missing and presumed dead. An aerial search commenced with the assistance of the US Army Reserve 214th Airborne Support Division from Joint Base Lewis McChord.  The two surviving climbers down-climbed to safety and were met by NPS rangers at Camp Schurman.  Post processing of aerial photos taken during the CH-47's last search area revealed a likely body at approximately 14,000' elevation near the point-last-seen which would be the focal area of the next day's search area.  Continued search by air the second day (June 13th, 2015) resulted in the discovery and extrication of the deceased climber within several hundred meters of the point-last-seen. 
3 Louis J Landry 2014-12-28 Hiking Day Walking Exposure Hypothermia Closed DPAM - Paradise Area On Saturday 12/27/2014, a solo backcountry traveler was reported overdue by another backcountry party.  The two parties met up and intented to travel to Camp Muir on December 27.  Heavy snow and winds stopped both parties at about Panorama Point.  They attempted to camp there but their tent was destroyed by falling ice.  The combined party descended in white out conditions towards Paradise.  The solo traveler became seperated from the party in the Edith Creek Basin on the night of of 12/27/14.  At noon on 12/28/2014, the party of two reported the solo traveler as overdue.  A hasty search of the Mazama Ridge area turned up no clues on 12/28/2014.  On 12/29/2014, a substantial search operation was started.  The body of the solo traveler was recovered near the water intake on Edith Creek shortly after the search started.
4 Karen C. Sykes 2014-06-19 Hiking-Day Walking Darkness Hypothermia Closed Owyhigh Lakes On Wenesday, June 18, 2014 at 2200 hours Ranger Quincy Maret received a phone call from Enumclaw PD about an overdue 70 year old female hiker on the Owyhigh trail. The Reporting party had received the report of the missing hiker from her partner earlier in the evening at the Owhyhigh trailhead where he was waiting for her return. The RP, Robert Morthorst, was initially interviewed and requested by Ranger Maret to fill out a missing person questionairre at the White river ranger station on Thursday morning. The overdue hiker Karen C SYKES a 70 year old female from Seattle was hiking with her domestic partner on the Owyhigh trail to photograph alpine flowers for a local publication. Morthorst and SYKES decided to part ways on the trail approximately 4 miles up the trail .Robert Morthorst stayed at that location for about an hour, became worried when she did not return and returned to his car. A 3 day search inused with multiple SAR agencies and aviation. The subject was found deceased on June 21 at 1500 hours by a helicopter search team.
5 Seol Hee Jin 2012-01-15 Climbing Hypothermia Hypothermia Pending Unknown Unaccounted for after planned summit climb. Body still missing.
6 Eunsork Yang 2012-01-15 Climbing Hypothermia Hypothermia Closed 8200 feet near the top of the Paradise Glacier Unaccounted for after planned summit climb. Body was discovered in September 6 2012.
7 Micchelle Trojanowski 2012-01-15 Climbing Hypothermia Hypothermia Closed 8200 feet near the top of the Paradise Glacier Unaccounted for after planned climb to Camp Muir. Body was discovered in September 6 2012.
8 Mark Vicich 2012-01-15 Climbing Hypothermia Hypothermia Closed 8000 feet Muir Snowfield Unaccounted for after planned climb to Camp Muir. Body was discovered in August 6 2012.
9 Brian S. Grobois 2011-12-12 Snowshoeing Exposure Hypothermia Closed Steven's Creek, 4640' MR. GROBOIS WAS ON A SNOWSHOE DAYHIKE WHEN HE BECAME DISORIENTED IN POOR VISIBILITY AND DESCENDED INTO STEVENS CANYON WHERE HE WAS FOUND ADJACENT TO STEVENS CREEK AT APPROXIMATELY 4640'.
10 Eduard Burceag 2008-06-11 Hiking Exposure Hypothermia Closed Approx 8500', Muir Snowfiled WHILE DAYHIKINGTO CAMP MUIR - BECAME DISORIENTED IN A STORM. MADE A SNOW SHELTER. HE BECAME HYPOTHERMIC AND DIED WHILE SHIELDING HIS WIFE FROM THE ELEMENTS.
11 Timothy Stark 2005-05-23 Hiking Exposure Hypothermia Closed Paradise Glacier Tim and his nephew attempted a decent from camp muir during a snowstorm. His body was recovered on the morning of May 23rd after a search due to a lost person call. Exposure.
12 Greg Stark 2005-05-23 Hiking Exposure Hypothermia Closed Paradise Glacier Greg and his uncle attempted a decent from Camp Muir during a snowstorm. His body was recovered on the morning of May 23rd after a search due to a lost persons call. Exposure
13 KLEINSCHMIDT, GRIT 2004-05-29 Climbing (Summit) Unknown Hypothermia Closed LIBERTY CAP FOUND LYING IN A SHALLOW DEPRESSION AT 13,145 FEET.
14 HARTONAS, CHRIS 1999-11-07 Climbing (Non-Summit Oriented) Unknown Hypothermia Closed PROBABLY NEAR CAMP MUIR NEVER RETURNED AFTER GETTING A PERMIT WITH RAYMOND VAKILI TO PRACTICE TECHNICAL MOUNTAINEERING SKILLS ABOUVE CAMP MUIR
15 VAKILI, RAYMOND 1999-11-07 Climbing (Non-Summit Oriented) Unknown Hypothermia Closed PROBABLY NEAR CAMP MUIR NEVER RETURNED AFTER GETTING A PERMIT WITH CHRIS HARTONAS TO PRACTICE TECHNICAL MOUNTAINEERING SKILLS ABOUVE CAMP MUIR
16 NESTLER, PATRICK 1998-06-11 Climbing (Summit) Snow Avalanche Hypothermia Closed DISAPPOINTMENT CLEAVER AVALANCHE WHILE DESCENDING FROM SUMMIT WITH RMI GUIDED CLIMB. NINE PEOPLE WERE RESCUED-THIS WAS THE ONLY FATALITY.
17 MOONEY, RICHARD 1989-05-11 Climbing (Summit) Exposure Hypothermia Closed LIBERTY RIDGE (33YRS) HYPOTHERMIA AT 14,000' LEVEL, WITH TEAM OF 4
18 CLICK, DALE 1979-09-01 Climbing (Summit) Fall Hypothermia Closed INTER GLACIER (27YRS) UNROPED, SLID 25' INTO CREVASSE:HYPOTHERMIA.
19 VOIGT, SHIRLI 1978-09-08 Climbing (Summit) Exposure Hypothermia Closed DISAPPOINTMENTCLEAVER (30YRS)HYPOTHERMIA ON DESCENT, WITH MENDOZA.
20 MENDOZA, GUILLERMI 1978-09-08 Climbing (Summit) Exposure Hypothermia Closed DISAPPOINTMENT CLEAVER (28YRS) INJURED IN FALL, HYPOTHERMIA
21 SKILLMAN, MARVIN H. 1978-03-26 Hiking Exposure Hypothermia Closed PAUL PEAK TRAIL (34YRS) FOUND BY HIKERS ON ABOVE DATE, EXPOSURE.
22 WAHLER, BRUCE 1970-09-06 Hiking Exposure Hypothermia Closed SPRAY/SEATTLE PARK AREA (13YRS) SEPARATED FROM 2 BROTHERS, HYPOTHERMIA
23 REDDICK, DR. JAMES M. 1968-06-15 Climbing (Non-Summit Oriented) Exposure Hypothermia Closed ANVIL ROCK BIVOUAC DURING STORM, SAVED CHILDREN'S LIVES.
24 ANDERSON, EDITH 1968-02-18 Hiking Exposure Hypothermia Closed NEAR PARADISE ICE CAVES (22 YRS.) SNOW CAVE IN WHITE-OUT, DIED FROM EXPOSURE.
25 POST, ELMER 1967-09-10 Climbing (Non-Summit Oriented) Fall Hypothermia Closed PARADISE GLACIER FELL INTO CREVASSE, DIED OF EXPOSURE WITH NEPHEW