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Tue., July 5, 2011, 3:11 p.m.

Climber’s body found on Mount Baker

Mount Baker, meadows and beautiful sunrises await hikers at Welcome Pass. (Jason Racey / Washington Trails Association)
Mount Baker, meadows and beautiful sunrises await hikers at Welcome Pass. (Jason Racey / Washington Trails Association)

MOUNTAINEERING -- Searchers have found the body of a woman who fell and was missing Saturday while climbing on Mount Baker on northwestern Washington.

The Whatcom County sheriff’s office says 34-year-old Sheryl Costello, of Golden, Colo., had reached the summit of the 10,781-foot mountain on Saturday with her boyfriend. They were on their way down when he lost sight of her near Heliotrope Ridge. 

Bellingham and Skagit mountain rescue teams spotted the body Sunday in a hole that develops in the snow just west of the ridge, the Bellingham Herald reports today.

Deputy Mark Jilk says they were unable to reach the body because of extreme snow conditions. The Herald said conditions will have to improve before the body can be removed from the mountain.
 




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Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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