May 15, 2014 -Sedro Woolley, WA– North Cascades National Park rangers successfully recovered the body of a John Cooper IV, a 46 year old ski-mountaineer from Seattle who was killed yesterday after a snow slide swept him over cliffs, in a fall of over 2000 feet, while the party was attempting a ski tour on the north side of Mount Shuksan.
Mr. Cooper had skied and climbed on Mount Shuksan prior to this attempt. The other skier was a 37 year old male, also from Seattle. The uninjured mountaineer was able to call for assistance using his cell phone, and ski out Wednesday afternoon, with support from Bellingham Mountain Rescue team members.
Two National Park climbing rangers were flown to the accident scene via the park’s contract helicopter early this morning and encountered suitable snow conditions to enact a successful recovery operation.