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J.B. 09-02-2010 05:10 AM

Bob Arum's son missing in the Cascades
 
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100902/...um_missing_son

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Son of boxing promoter Arum missing in Cascades

SEATTLE Nearly two dozen mountaineers and park rangers are searching for the son of Hall of Fame boxing promoter Bob Arum, who's been missing since a weekend camping trip in the Cascade Mountains of Washington state.

John Arum was expected to arrive home Sunday after climbing Storm King, a rugged mountain peak about a seven-hour drive from Seattle. Family members grew worried when the 49-year-old environmental lawyer and accomplished hiker did not return.

North Cascades National Park spokeswoman Kerry Olson said that John Arum was reported missing Monday, and is thought to be by himself in the area around the mountain. So far, two days of searching including aerial sweeps of the region have not brought up any clues.

"He's a very experienced climber and hiker, and familiar with the territory," Olson said, adding that Arum had already summited a peak near the one he went missing on.

John Arum has been on a quest 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 that John Arum had not been there since Saturday.

"We're keeping our fingers crossed," said Bob Arum's son-in-law, Todd duBoef. "The last I talked to Bob, they were sending a helicopter up, but the area where he's missing, there's so much timber that it's hard to see anything. We're just waiting to hear something."

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.

"We miss him for this press conference and we feel bad with what happened to his son, and I pray for him," Pacquiao said Wednesday. "It's pretty quiet without Bob."

DuBoef said park rangers had been searching on foot for John Arum but had found no trace of him other than his campsite. Arum faced at least one day of adverse weather, and fog and rain had hampered efforts to cover the terrain by air.

"The terrain in the North Cascades is difficult. These mountains are steep," Olson said. "He had experience, but certainly there's a risk involved with mountaineering."

Storm King, the area in the Cascades where John Arum went missing, rises more than 8,500 feet above sea level. There are several hiking trails around the mountain, including a well-known loose rock route on the south face, and it stands in the background of Lake Chelan.

Family members said that John Arum had 18 peaks remaining to reach his goal of climbing the 100 highest in Washington State. Storm King is ranked No. 51.
I know I haven't personally spoken too highly of Bob Arum, but this is a sad situation and I definitely pray for John's safe return home.

VCURamFan 09-02-2010 03:48 PM

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Originally Posted by J.B. (Post 133765)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100902/...um_missing_son



I know I haven't personally spoken too highly of Bob Arum, but this is a sad situation and I definitely pray for John's safe return home.

Agreed. That's gotta be hell on the family.

Bonnie 09-02-2010 04:32 PM

I guess he didn't leave his family or someone with his intended route he planned to take up the mountain? Of course, he might have had to change plans with the weather, etc... :unsure-1: Hope they find him safe and everyone else is safe while searching.

Chuck 09-02-2010 08:38 PM

My dad died in a mountain climbing accident in the North Cascades when I was 3. That's some pretty brutal climbing up there. I hope he is found alive and well. :huh:

flo 09-02-2010 09:02 PM

That's really sad, Chuck; how tough it must have been growing up without hiim.

I hope they find him too. The weather here has been very good lately which is in his favor (78 right now). I wonder why this hasn't been on the local news?

Maybe he didn't leave anyone with his itinerary but you're supposed to check in with the rangers and leave plans with them. Every time I watch an Evan Tanner fight I think that tragedy could have been avoided if only he had left his plans with someone and checked in from time to time. Being a rugged individual has its admirable qualities but it can also be extremely foolhardy, particularly when dealing with the forces of nature.

flo 09-02-2010 09:03 PM

Anyway, I'll pray for his safe return home too, JB.

J.B. 09-02-2010 09:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Chuck (Post 133820)
My dad died in a mountain climbing accident in the North Cascades when I was 3. That's some pretty brutal climbing up there. I hope he is found alive and well. :huh:

Damn brother...I'm very sorry to hear that. :sad:

Chuck 09-03-2010 04:54 AM

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Originally Posted by flo (Post 133825)
That's really sad, Chuck; how tough it must have been growing up without hiim.

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Originally Posted by J.B. (Post 133829)
Damn brother...I'm very sorry to hear that. :sad:

Oh it's all good. :wink:

I didn't post that to try and gather sympathy... I was just giving a little first hand commentary that the North Cascades has some pretty treacherous climbing.

Any recent news on this?

VCURamFan 09-03-2010 03:50 PM

I saw a headline that they had found his backpack. I'll see if I can track it down again.

VCURamFan 09-03-2010 03:56 PM

Here it is:
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Rescue workers in the Cascade Mountains have found the backpack of boxing promoter Bob Arum's son, but the 49-year-old experienced climber is still missing.

John Arum's backpack was found late Wednesday afternoon 900 feet below the summit of Storm King, an 8,515 foot peak about 85 miles northeast of Seattle. Climbing gear was missing from the backpack, according North Cascades National Parks spokeswoman Kerry Olson.

The backpack was recovered along a climbing route and it "looked as though it were placed there," Olson added.

Twelve searchers and two helicopters resumed looking for the lost climber Thursday morning. Arum, an environmental lawyer who was reported missing Monday,*was believed to be alone.

He was*on a quest to climb the 100 highest summits in Washington, and family members said he had only 18 peaks remaining to reach his goal.


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