Katie Rani Nolan loved Mount Hood, an 11,000-foot-high peak in the Cascade Mountains of northern Oregon.
"She would have liked to be buried there," said her father, David Nolan. "Right now, she is."
Nolan spoke with reporters after his daughter and another climber were lost on the mountain earlier this month. The body of another man was found, but 29-year-old Katie and Anthony Vietti, 24, were missing and presumed dead.
Katie, who formerly lived in Philadelphia, was the adventurous sort. In 2003, she went on a mission to Nepal. She was also very religious and was a graduate in 2002 of the Philadelphia Biblical University, in Langhorne.
"She touched many lives and was much loved," her father said.
She moved to Portland from Philadelphia in 2004.
Katie worked to help homeless women and was active with Catholic Charities and Transitions Global, a group that fights sex trafficking. She was working on a master's degree at Portland State University at the time of her death.
Besides her father, she is survived by her mother, Darla Nolan; a brother, Jason; and three sisters, Heidi, Sheri and Mindy.