Climber's body recovered after fall

A helicopter crew from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office recovered the body of Dallas Kloke, a well-known climber from Anacortes, near Mount Larrabee on Thursday morning, Sept. 30.

The recovery was made at 9 a.m. at an elevation of about 6,600 feet and went smoothly, said Deputy George Ratayczak, the search and rescue coordi-nator with the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office.

Kloke, 71, was part of a five-person climbing team scaling Pleiades Peak in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Park when he fell on Sunday.

Aircraft from the U.S. Customs and Border Pro-tection’s Air and Marine division confirmed Kloke’s location on Wednesday, Ratayczak said.

Kloke’s body has been turned over to the What-com County Medical Exam-iner’s Office, Ratayczak said.

Kloke’s family ex-pressed appreciation at the recovery efforts of moun-tain rescue volunteers, Customs and Border Pro-tection agents, and crews from the sheriff’s office in Whatcom and Snohomish counties, Ratayczak said.