Searchers find backpack of Arum’s son

Searchers in the rugged North Cascades of Washington state have

found a climbing backpack and a daypack belonging to the son of

Hall of Fame boxing promoter Bob Arum, but are still looking for

the missing climber.

John Arum, a 49-year-old environmental lawyer in Seattle and an

experienced climber, was reported missing Monday after failing to

return from a weekend trip to climb Storm King, an 8,515-foot peak

about 85 miles northeast of Seattle.

North Cascades National Park spokeswoman Kerry Olson said

Thursday a daypack was found at the 8,000-foot level Thursday

during an aerial search. She said that on Wednesday a backpack was

found by ground searchers about 900 feet below the summit on the

mountain’s south side.

The daypack was found in an area that suggests it fell because

the terrain is too difficult, Olson said. The backpack was along a

climbing route, and “it looked as though it was placed there.”

She said gear needed for climbing was missing from the pack.

Climbers often take only essential gear to lighten their load while

attempting a summit.

Twelve searchers were aided Thursday by two helicopters that can

detect body heat, she said. On Friday, search dogs will be

deployed.

The search for Arum, believed to be by himself, was

concentrating on the more difficult terrain on the mountain’s north

side, Olson said. She said his apparent climbing route follows

ridge lines from the south to the final approach on the north

flank.

John Arum has been attempting to climb the 100 highest summits

in Washington.

Family members told The Associated Press on Wednesday that

rangers had found his campsite, but there were indications he had

not been there since Saturday.

“We’re keeping our fingers crossed,” said Bob Arum’s son-in-law,

Todd duBoef.

Bob Arum learned Tuesday that his eldest son was missing while

in Los Angeles, at the start of a three-city media tour to promote

Manny Pacquiao’s next fight against Antonio Margarito. He left for

Seattle that afternoon and connected with park rangers

orchestrating the search.

DuBoef took over the rest of the media tour, with stops in New

York on Wednesday and Dallas on Thursday. The fight is scheduled

for Nov. 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Family members said that John Arum had 18 peaks remaining to

reach his goal of climbing the 100 highest in Washington. Storm

King is ranked No. 51.