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Nick Hall: Recovery attempts await better weather, next chance likely Monday

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on June 30, 2012 at 8:52 am |
June 30, 2012 8:52 am

Attempts to recover the body of climbing ranger Nick Hall have been suspended until Monday at the soonest.

New snow, wind and dangerous conditions on the northeast face of Mount Rainier have prevented climbing rangers from reach Hall’s body.

“Monday will be the first break we get in the weather,” park superintendent Randy King said Friday.

There is snow in the forecast for the rest of weekend, followed by most sunny skies on Monday.

Hall’s body is at 11,300 feet on the Emmons Glacier. He died after falling 2,500 feet during a June 21 rescue of four climbers who had fallen into a crevasse.

The desire is to bring Hall’s body down, but without putting other people in harm’s way, said Stefan Lofgren, head of the park’s climbing ranger team,

“We just want to bring this to an end,” Lofgren said after Friday’s memorial service for Hall. “But Nick’s family and we are happy with where Nick’s at.”

The plan is to use a helicopter to bring climbing rangers to the scene and then airlift Hall’s body off the mountain. It’s a procedure that could take as little as a couple of hours, if all goes according to
plan.

“Just give us some good weather, please,” Lofgren said.

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