WEDNESDAY, AUG. 20, 2014

Helicopter used to recover bodies of Mount Rainier climbers

MOUNTAINEERING -- A helicopter crew using a grabber device on a long cable were able to recover the bodies of three Mount Rainier climbers today from a dangerous slope below the Willis Wall. The climbers died in a fall while attempting a difficult and dangerous...


Photo:A fine day to climb Rainier

CLIMBING -- Climbing Mount Rainier with the Spokane Mountaineers clearly was a perfect way to celebrate the first day of summer. This group beat the odds and made it to the top. Only about 40 percent of the 11,000 mountaineers who attempt the climb reach...

MONDAY, JUNE 23, 2014

Mount Rainier plays no favorites when it claims a life

HIKING -- Although the official announcement still wasn't released this morning, friends on Sunday mourned a well-known outdoors writer and photographer who had been missing for three days in Mount Rainier National Park before searchers said they recovered a body of a woman. The National...


Mount Rainier welcomes Washingtonians home

TRAVEL -- Normally I'm thrilled and filled with hope for adventures to come when I return from a far away place and fly past Mount Rainier, the state's great "Welcome to Washington" ambassador. This time: bittersweet.

THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2014

Cayuse Pass, Mount Rainier ready for travelers

PARKS -- Cayuse Pass, the scenic route to Mount Rainier, is open and ready for traffic. And the park is ready, too, as the Paradise area opened on Wednesday. If you've never driven Highway 410 over Cayuse Pass you're in for a treat: Mount Rainier...


Avalanche warning for Mount Rainier, Cascades

WINTERSPORTS -- It's spring, but wintery conditions still have a hold on the Cascades. The National Weather Service is warning of avalanches on the west slopes of the Cascades in Washington and Oregon Thursday morning because of heavy snow and rain in the mountains. Forecasters...


Mount Rainier facilities opening earlier than normal

PUBLIC LANDS -- The recent summer weather around the Pacific Northwest has melted snow and allowed for Mount Rainier National Park staff to open multiple facilities ahead of schedule. The Sunrise Road, Sunrise Lodge and Sunrise Visitor Center all opened to the public Friday, according...


Ski mountaineers set speed record for Rainier — 3:57:55

MOUNTAINEERING -- Two ski mountaineers have set a speed record for climbing and descending Mount Rainier from the Paradise parking lot, scorching the icy slopes in 3 hours, 57 minutes and 55 seconds. Andy and Jason Dorais of Salt Lake City set the record on...

TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2013

Mount Rainier tops for wildflowers

NATURE -- Mount Rainier National Park is one of the region’s most gorgeous places to visit and hike during wildflower season. Named the best wildflower spot in the U.S. by “Wildflower Wonders: The 50 Best Wildflower Sites in the World,” Mount Rainier National Park offers...


MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2013

MONDAY, JAN. 14, 2013

Upgrades approved for Rainier’s Camp Muir

The National Parks Service has approved long-awaited upgrades to Mount Rainier’s Camp Muir – one of the main stops for the thousands of people who climb the mountain. Pacific West Region director Chris Lehnertz determined that upgrading the high camp would have no impact on...

TUESDAY, NOV. 13, 2012

Snow closes Rainier highway passes for season

PARKS -- The Washington Transportation Department has closed two passes on the east side of Mount Rainier for the winter. Chinook Pass on Highway 410 and nearby Cayuse Pass on Highway 123 have been closed by recent snow and avalanche danger, department officials announced today.

TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2012

Global warming new factor in mountaineering safety

MOUNTAINEERING -- Safely below the snowline, I was hiking in the Alps near Chamonix, France, last week when 9 climbers were killed by an avalanche on Mont Blanc, the highest peak in western Europe. It was particularly eery for me and my family, since we...

FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2012

FRIDAY, JAN. 6, 2012

TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2011

Digitized newsreel chronicles first winter ascent of Mount Rainier

MOUNTAINEERING -- Historians have digitized a newsreel film that documents the February 1922 first winter ascent of Mount Rainier by Jean and Jacques Landry, Jacques Bergues and newsreel cameraman Charles Perryman, according to historical notes by software development specialist and climber Lowell Skoog of Seattle....

SUNDAY, NOV. 27, 2011

Book pegs Rainier tops in the world for wildflowers

NATURE -- Mount Rainier National Park ranks as “possibly the most flowery place in the world,” according to a recently published book that picks the 50 best wildflower spots in the world. The book, “Wildflower Wonders: The 50 Best Wildflower Sites in the World,” was...

MONDAY, NOV. 21, 2011

Washington web cams: Links for ski areas, highways

WINTER SPORTS -- Technology has made it easier than ever to monitor snow conditions for the region's mountain passes and winter sports resorts. Click on the following links for web cam views of your favorite Washington ski area or the road to get there. WASHINGTON...


Who’s looking down on Mount Rainier?

OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY -- I love this autumn photo of Mount Rainier snapped by my backcountry skiing buddy, Rick Rocheleau. Even Seattle residents tell me they can't remember seeing a hole in the clouds so perfectly poised over the state's highest peak.

Rich Landers

Rich Landers’ Outdoors blog

Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.

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