Hiking Accident Prevention: Solo Hikers Lost In The North Cascades


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Two Hikers Disappear In Washington state Wilderness


Samantha Sayers was 27-years-old when she disappeared on August 1, 2019, while hiking solo in the Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, of the North Cascades mountain range.

North Cascade Mountains

Her plan was to summit Vesper Peak at 6,220 feet, and return by 6:00 PM. Her preparation included hiking poles, three sandwiches, chips and water.

The last time she was seen was 3:00 PM, when she had lunch with another hiker near the summit.

The trail to the summit is considered difficult and rigorous. Sayers had successfully climbed it before. But, after an extensive 8,000 hour search, not a trace of her turned up.

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On October 17, 2018 Rachel Lakoduk set out on a solo overnight hike in the North Cascades mountains of Washington state. She was on her way to Hidden Lake Lookout, and planned to stay in a remote Cascades cabin located at 6800 feet. She was never seen again.

Two rescue attempts followed on October 19th and 20th. Both times rescuers faced imminent danger and had to turn back, due to extreme weather conditions, the possibility of avalanche, and 2 to 6 feet of trail snow.

On October 22, the rescuers reached the remote cabin, but there was no sign of Rachel. She was 28-years-old.

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ONLINE NEWS ARTICLES

Herald.net 9/14/18 “The 8,000-hour search to #find sam sayers on vesper peak” By Caleb Hutton

Seattle.Met 4/23/19 “Where on earth is Sam Sayers?” By Allison Williams

HeraldSun.com 10/22/19 “Rescuers reach remote Cascades cabin but don’t find missing hiker, Washington cops say” By Jaret Gilmour

The North Cascades National Park 10/26/21 “North Cascades National Park Weather”


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Irene Pastore, is a Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 24 years experience teaching exercise in New York City.  Read her complete bio on the About Page.  

Posted on September 7, 2021, in Hiking Accidents and Fatalities, Hiking Safety and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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