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|I think bad weather has claimed another victim on Mt Rainier.
Hiker conditioning himself for Mount Rainier summit attempt dies on day hike
The body of a man who died while hiking at Mount Rainier National Park was recovered Friday, park officials said.
The 69-year-old man had been missing since Wednesday when family members reported him overdue from a solo hike above Paradise.
Park officials launched a search on Thursday and located his body from the air in the afternoon but weather conditions did not allow recovery until Friday, park officials said in a statement.
The man had undertaken several hikes recently to condition himself for a summit attempt of the 14,411-foot-high mountain, park officials said.
His family believed he had set out on Wednesday for a day hike to Pebble Creek, located above Panorama Point. Weather conditions on Wednesday included rain, sleet, hail, and lightning.
The hiker was located near the base of the Nisqually chute.