Hiker dies in Mount Rainier National Park

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Authorities say the man was scrambling up a peak and fell

FILE – In this file photo taken June 19, 2013, Mount Rainier is seen from a helicopter flying south of the mountain and west of Yakima, Wash. A helicopter rescued four climbers from near the summit of Mount Rainier Thursday, June 6, 2019, after they had been stranded on the Cascade Mountain peak for several days. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) – A hiker died last week while scrambling up a peak in Mount Rainier National Park.

The Tri-City Herald reports the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office identified him as 41-year-old Robert Michael Moll of Rowley, Massachusetts.

Moll was a journalist and the author and editor of two books, “The Art of Dying” and “What Your Body Knows About God.”

Park rangers were notified on July 19 that a man had fallen about 100 feet off Barrier Peak near Owyhigh Lake. A rescue team went to the peak and found Moll dead.

A helicopter airlifted him to the White River area, where he was turned over to medical examiners.

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