An Olympia woman and Mountaineer member died Sept. 5 while hiking near Snoqualmie Pass, according to the King County Sheriff’s Department.
Laurie Choate, 64, had gone up to a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail and spent the night there with a friend, said Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Ryan Abbott. On their way back on the Kendall Katwalk, Choate slipped and fell 300 feet below. Choate’s friend called 911, and a helicopter from the King’s County Sheriff Department was brought in.
However, conditions were too risky to make an attempt to reach her, Abbott said. Paramedics arrived on the scene about 20 minutes later, and pronounced Choate dead.
According to The Mountaineers, a local nonprofit group for hikers and those passionate about the outdoors, Choate was an active member and volunteer leader with the Olympia branch. She participated in or led more than 50 trips with the group in the last two years.
The Mountaineers posted on their website that Olympia branch leaders are planning an informal memorial gathering on Wednesday, Sept. 12, likely at the Friends Meeting House, 3201 Boston Harbor Road NE. Additionally, a celebration of life is being planned for the weekend of Oct. 6-7 at Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park.