Washington Man’s Body Recovered Near Summit of Mount Rainier After He Collapsed and Died 


A 41-year-old Bremerton man participating in a guided climb on Mount Rainier on Wednesday morning collapsed and could not be resuscitated. 

He was declared dead at the scene and his body was recovered near the summit the next day, according to a news release. 

The man has been identified as Brian Harper. 

He was participating in an expedition led by Alpine Ascents International (AAI), one of the licensed guide services on the mountain, when he collapsed at 7:30 a.m. on May 31. 

No breathing or pulse could be found and CPR was unsuccessful, according to a news release. 

Climbing guides with AAI and Rainier Mountaineering worked with National Park Service climbing and aviation rangers Thursday, June 1, to bring Harper’s body down from near the summit. His body was airlifted by the park’s A-STAR helicopter. The mission to recover his body was complete by 10:30 a.m. on June 1, according to a news release. 

The Pierce County Medical Examiner will determine Harper’s cause of death.