Missing Mount Rainier climber former Minnesotan

Father: Missing climber went to retrieve cook stove

(AP) – The father of a missing climber apparently found dead on Mount Rainier says his son had a passion for climbing and the outdoors.

Searchers Saturday recovered a body believed to be that of 25-year-old Kyle Bufis, formerly of Maple Grove.

A spokeswoman for Mount Rainier National Park says the body matches the description of Bufis, but that a medical examiner will need to confirm the identity. 

Bufis, who lived in Springdale, Utah, was part of a three-climber team when he went missing during extreme weather near Liberty Saddle on Thursday night.

Bufis’ father, Jeff Bufis, tells the Star Tribune his son volunteered to retrieve a cook stove the men had left about 50 meters up the mountain.

He says that was the last the others saw of his son.

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