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
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
John Arum has been attempting to climb the 100 highest summits
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,
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.