Hiking Accident Prevention: Solo Hikers Disappear In the North Cascades Two Months Apart


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Samantha Sayers Nor Rachel Lakoduk Returned From Their Solo Hiking Trip


A view of Mt. Shuksan in the North Cascades National Park, Washington state, USA.
A VIEW OF MT. SHUKSAN THE NORTH CASCADES NATIONAL PARK IN WASHINGTON STATE

SAMANTHA SAYERS

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.

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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RACHEL LAKODUK

9n October 17, 2019 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.

UPDATE: In August 2021 Rachel Lakoduk’s body was found by a private search and rescue group.

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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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