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UPDATE: Park officials find backpack, continue search for missing climber.
The Arum name will forever be associated with Las Vegas. But John Arum, 49, actually works here in Seattle as an attorney for local firm Ziontz, Chestnut, Varnell, Berley & Slonim, specializing in Indian and environmental law. He represented the Makah tribe in a federal dispute over whale hunting rights. And in 2002, he represented the the Washington Environmental Council in a dispute over federal water use permits.
The news of John's disappearance comes just as the elder Arum was beginning a multi-city press tour to promote an upcoming title bout between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Magarito. Bob Arum has since left the tour and traveled to Washington to consult with the officials carrying out the search.
There hasn't been much word on how much luck search teams are having. The area near Storm King Peak is quite popular with hikers. Park rangers say that search efforts were hindered earlier this week by unseasonably rainy weather.
North Cascades National Park spokesperson Kerry Olson says that search teams have found a backpack filled with John Arum's climbing gear near just 900 feet below the mountain summit. While the search on the ground continues, helicopters equipped with body heat detectors have been deployed to conduct the search from the air, says Olson.
The trail that Arum is believed to have traveled is one of the most popular in the park. The complex is defined by three mountains: Goode, Logan, and Storm King, the summit Arum reportedly set out to climb last weekend. North Cascades National attracts some 500,000 visitors each year, most of them arriving during the summer months, says Olson.
With that many visitors, it's only natural that some will get lost or need aid of some sort. Olson says that park officials usually conduct a dozen rescue operations per year and at least one multi-day search effort. During the last, park officials searched for four days before the lost hiker was found walking on a trail under his own power.