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Man falls into Crater Lake caldera, vanishes

Friday, August 8, 2014by  Jon Osterberg

Pacific Crest Trail hikers are being asked to report any sign of a backpacker who fell into the caldera of Crater Lake last week.
   A Eugene Register-Guard story says a ranger saw a man “scrambling down the caldera wall,” which towers 1,000 feet above the lake, America’s deepest at 1,932 feet.
   Rangers speculate the man may have arrested his fall and climbed out of the caldera undetected, then continued north on the PCT. An extensive search for him turned up only a pair of sunglasses directly below where he fell, the west rim near Discovery Point.
   A ranger who spoke with the man earlier described him as about 40 years old, 5 feet 10 inches, 150 pounds, with long dirty blond hair and a full beard, a dark blue backpack, plus a sleeve tattoo on one arm. The Pacific Crest Trail Association posted a story on its blog seeking information about the hiker.

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