ASHFORD, Wash. — The National Park Service confirmed on Monday that the body of a 52-year-old Canadian man who had fallen while climbing Mount Rainier had been recovered.
Chun Hui Zhang of Surrey, British Columbia, was on a private recreational summit climb with friends when he had what witnesses called a “substantial fall” while going down the Disappointment Cleaver route on the south side of the mountain, according to a press release from park officials.
Officials say that mountain climbing guides and park rangers tried to find Zhang but were unable to.
According to authorities, rangers discovered and extricated Zhang’s body using a helicopter on Tuesday.
According to the NPS website, the mountain is 14,410 feet above sea level and is an active volcano.
According to National Park Service data, over 400 people have died in Mount Rainier National Park as of 2022, and 25% of those fatalities happened while mountain climbing.