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Archives: June 2012


Nick Hall: Officials assessing danger threat before proceeding with recovery attempt

Incident commanders are trying to assess snow and ice conditions on the Emmons Glacier to determine if it is safe to attempt the recovery of the body of Mount Rainier National Park climbing ranger Nick Hall.

This morning’s conditions, sunny and little wind, are near ideal for a helicopter to attempt the recovery.

But the sun might also loosen snow, ice and rock above the spot where Hall’s body came to rest after falling 2,500 feet Thursday, threatening anyone on the ground.

Hall was in the middle of rescuing four Texas climbers when he fell. Officials are unsure, at this

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Nick Hall: Best weather window coming Wednesday

Today could provide the break in the weather that will allow Mount Rainier National Park climbing rangers to recover the body of co-worker Nick Hall.

The National Weather Service forecast for the north side of the mountain calls for mostly sunny skies, with west winds around 6 mph. Temperatures are expected to reach 55 degrees, which could add to the danger of falling rock and ice. By tonight, clouds will start to build again.

By Thursday, the forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of snow after 11 a.m.

“We’ve been waiting for favorable weather and snow conditions to get

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Monday sockeye count at Bonneville Dam sets record

The record sockeye run predicted for the Columbia River seems to be coming to fruition. On Sunday, a record 38,756 sockeye were counted at Bonneville Dam, smashing the previous record of 30,690 fish on June 24, 2010.

A record 462,000 sockeye are forecast to pass through the mouth of the Columbia this year. Of those, 431,300 fish are expected to be headed to the Okanogan River.

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Nick Hall: More rangers arrive at Mount Rainier

More rangers have arrived at Mount Rainier National Park to help with the recovery of the body of climbing ranger Nick Hall, who fell to his death during a rescue operation Thursday near the summit.

Spokeswoman Jacqueline Ashwell said three rangers from Alaska’s Denali National Park are relieving rangers Monday at Camp Schurman, at about the 9,500-foot-level, where they have been waiting for a chance to retrieve the body of Nick Hall. Two rangers from parks in Colorado also have come to the park to help with the normal operation of the park.

Ashwell said about 3 feet of snow

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Donation funds set up in honor of fallen Mount Rainier ranger Nick Hall

Donations in Nick Hall’s honor can be made to two places to support his family and search and rescue teams.

Nick Hall Memorial Fund

P.O. Box 431

Patten, ME 04765

These funds will be used to help Hall’s family with travel expenses and to support search and rescue teams in Maine.


MORA Search and Rescue Fund

55210 238th Ave E

Ashford, WA 98304

Checks should be made out to DOI-NPS and noted that the donation is in honor of Nick Hall. Cards and condolences can also be sent to the Ashford address.


Weather opening could allow team to recover ranger Nick Hall’s body this morning

Recovery teams are hopeful a promising forecast will allow them to remove the body of ranger Nick Hall from Mount Rainier’s icy Emmons Glacier this morning.

Hall fell to his death Thursday while rescuing four injured climbers.

Mount Rainier National Park spokesman Kevin Bacher said a helicopter is on standby at Kautz Creek on the south side of the mountain and a Chinook helicopter is on standby at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The chopper would retrieve climbing rangers from Camp Schurman and then fly to the scene. A group of rangers is currently hiking to Hall’s location.

If weather permits, Hall’s

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Road to Sunrise at Mount Rainier to remain closed today

The road to Sunrise will not open today in order to support the effort to recover the body of climbing ranger Nick Hall on Mount Rainier.

Hall fell to his death Thursday while rescuing four injured climbers high on the Emmons Glacier. Poor weather has kept the recovery team from reaching his body by helicopter.

Park officials originally hoped to open the road to Paradise for the summer on Friday morning and the said late Friday they hoped to open today. However, park spokesman Kevin Bacher has announced the road will remain closed today.

It is currently unclear if the

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