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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Karen Sykes, a well-known Seattle-based hiker and writer, disappeared Wednesday on a hike in Mount Rainer National Park while working on a story. Sykes hiked ahead of her partner Wednesday when the two reached snow level at an elevation of about 5,000 feet. She has survival gear to camp overnight in an emergency, officials said. Her disappearance comes weeks after six climbers are believed to have fallen to their deaths while attempting to climb a challenging route to the summit of the 14,410-foot peak southeast of Seattle. Sykes' blog describes her outdoor explorations. In a post earlier this month she wrote, "Though I'm not young I still enjoy the challenge of rugged trails, obscure trails, abandoned trails and looking for artifacts even if the price is a losing battle with Devil's Club, salmonberry, rotting stumps and nettles. Sometimes it just feels good to tussle with Mother Nature; it builds character."


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Sasquatch mating season?

#1 | Posted by cookfish at 2014-06-22 01:33 AM | Reply | Flag:

Several people die every year messing around on Mount Rainer.
especially this time of year when the ice is starting to melt off.
you get these huge holes with a cover of snow and ice on top that you can fall into or injure your self in.
my guess is this probably what happen to her.

#2 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2014-06-22 01:51 AM | Reply | Flag:

She is so experienced on this mountain i can't imagine her walking on an iced-over crevice. A minor accident would not have precipitated such a long search. i'm hoping for a happy outcome here, but do not feel optimistic.

#3 | Posted by kenx at 2014-06-22 03:54 AM | Reply | Flag:

I'm thinking that she communed with nature in the form of a hungry Mountain Lion.

#4 | Posted by Twinpac at 2014-06-22 04:07 AM | Reply | Flag:

They found her body.


70 year old women shouldn't be hiking in remote wilderness.

#5 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2014-06-22 11:45 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

#5 | Posted by lee_the_agent

And you shouldn't be posting. WTF?

#6 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-06-22 11:56 AM | Reply | Flag:

She died doing what she loved, so good for her. Someone nearly died searching for her, which was something he loved or felt compelled to do, attempting to rescue. There comes point when being 70 overrides experience & strength one had when younger, and this hike was that point for Ms Sykes.
May she R.I.P.

#7 | Posted by kenx at 2014-06-22 12:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

70 year old women shouldn't be hiking in remote wilderness.

And you shouldn't be posting. WTF?

Everything has inherent risk. She took a risk and lost. This serves as an example for other 70 year olds who try to do things that hold more risk for 70 year olds.

I know my more liberal friends don't want to hear this, but it's Darwin, plan and simple.

If you do things that can kill you, eventually, you should expect to die..

#8 | Posted by boaz at 2014-06-22 12:26 PM | Reply | Flag:

#5~ maybe you should have stated "70 year old people..." maybe Evel Knievel shouldn't have attempted to jump Snake River Canyon.

#9 | Posted by kenx at 2014-06-22 12:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

If you do things that can kill you, eventually, you should expect to die..

#8 | Posted by boaz at 2014-06-22 12:26 PM | Reply | Flag:

Hell with that in mind getting out of bed is a danger. How many people would be alive today if they just stayed in bed?


#10 | Posted by rightwingdon at 2014-06-22 01:07 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

only guarantee we all have is that we will die one day, so why not live life for today? Pray I can go out like she did, doing what makes me happy

#11 | Posted by Jimbob43 at 2014-06-22 01:17 PM | Reply | Flag:

Boaz,you can't invoke Darwin,she was well past breeding age.Even a liberal knows that.

#12 | Posted by bruceaz at 2014-06-22 02:07 PM | Reply | Flag:

I know my more liberal friends don't want to hear this, but it's Darwin, plan and simple.

You have no clue what evolution actually says, do you?

#13 | Posted by jpw at 2014-06-22 03:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

Yep. The stupid die. The naïve die. In nature that is..

This world is all about environment. Liberals create false enviroments. Ones that nature doesn't create. When nature gets a chance, sometimes it takes that back to remind us we shouldn't be doing that...

#14 | Posted by boaz at 2014-06-22 06:20 PM | Reply | Flag:

LOL. Boaz thinks nature is "conservative". Not even a real conservative too but the BS kind he is.....

#15 | Posted by sully at 2014-06-23 10:11 AM | Reply | Flag:

It happens. Good for her. Better to die in a hiking accident than slow and sick in bed. I'm with the #10 post. The price of living is always dying, so might as well get the most out of it.

#16 | Posted by zeropointnrg at 2014-06-23 12:17 PM | Reply | Flag:

#15 ~ a case could be made that nature IS conservative. Yet there are plenty of examples of cooperation taking place, to advance or preserve the species.

Civilization arose to combat and defeat Nature, which is ravenously hungry. Parasitically so in many instances. (i have lost much of my Romanticism in the last decade.)

#17 | Posted by kenx at 2014-06-23 04:44 PM | Reply | Flag:


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