Mount Rainier

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The National Park service is considering increasing fees at the nation’s most popular parks next summer, including Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier. The fees would nearly triple.

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A proposal to bring cell service to a section of Mount Rainier has generated a big public response. National Parks staff are sorting through nearly a thousand written comments both for and against the idea.

Should Mt. Rainier Have Cell Coverage?

Aug 11, 2017
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The Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise is where most people come first when they visit Mount Rainier National Park. Even on a Tuesday afternoon, the parking lot is full, and cars are parked one after another down the road.

There will be free admission to all national parks from Thursday through Sunday to celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. President Woodrow Wilson signed the law creating the National Park Service on August 25, 1916.

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A $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts will support the commission of a new symphonic poem in homage to Mount Rainier and its melting glaciers. The composer: Daniel Ott, a native son of Puyallup, is now based at New York’s Juilliard School and Fordham University.

The work for chorus and orchestra premieres May 17, 2017, in the Tacoma Symphony’s “Mountain and Sea” concert. The grant is part of the NEA’s “Imagine Your Parks,” a celebration of the centennial of the National Parks Service and the 50th anniversary of the NEA.

Everyone is accounted for and no one was injured by a flash flood and debris flow in Mount Rainier National Park. It happened Thursday when the terminus of the South Tahoma Glacier broke off and released trapped meltwater.

  The National Park Service wants to increase entrance fees to pay for park improvements.

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We’re learning more about the victims of this weekend’s climbing tragedy on Mount Rainier. On Monday Alpine Ascents International released the name of the second company guide who was killed. He is Eitan Green, a Colby College graduate from the Boston area. He was based in Seattle and had guided for Alpine Ascents since 2009.

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Family members of six climbers presumed dead on Mount Rainier met privately Sunday with park officials. The victims are two professional guides with Seattle-based Alpine Ascents and four clients. They were attempting to summit via the north-facing Liberty Ridge – one of the most technical and advanced routes on the 14,000-foot mountain. Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

Six climbers who were descending from near the top of Mount Rainier have perished in the worst accident on the snow-capped volcano in decades. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

The Secretary of the Interior visited Mt. Rainier National Park on Monday on the heels of President Obama’s latest State of the Union Address. In it, the President acknowledged that climate change is a fact.

Mt. Rainier Rescues Will Take Longer

Jul 25, 2013

Mount Rainier park rangers are warning it may take longer than usual to rescue stranded climbers.

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ROY, Wash. - Mount Rainier was once known by its many native names. Now, an alliance of tribal members is moving forward with a proposal to restore an original name to this Northwest landmark. But a long bureaucratic process lies ahead, as correspondent Tom Banse reports.

A Tacoma snowshoer who had been missing in Mount Rainier National Park since Saturday was found alive yesterday. 66-year-old Yong Kim became separated from the group he was leading after sliding down a steep slope. The experienced snowshoer was well-equipped for a day’s outing, but had no overnight equipment. Despite temperatures in the teens and more than eight inches of new snow since Saturday, the rescue team reported Kim to be stable and alert when they found him. A park spokesperson said no hospitalization was necessary – and he has returned home.