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Nick Hall: Incident response teams starting to leave Rainier

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on July 3, 2012 at 3:58 pm with No Comments »
July 3, 2012 8:24 pm

Members of incident response teams began leaving Mount Rainier National Park Monday night, 12 days after the death of climbing ranger Nick Hall.

Chief ranger Chuck Young said the team managing the incident left the park Monday but climbing rangers from around the country remain to assist on the mountain.

Hall fell to his death while assisting with the rescue of four climbers on June 21. A memorial was held on June 29, but Hall’s body remains on the mountain. Poor weather and the threat of avalanche has kept rangers from recovering Hall.

Young says forecasts for Thursday and Friday indicate weather may be suitable for a recovery. It is unclear how long the climbing rangers from Denali, Rocky Mountains and other national parks will stay at Rainier.

Young says the investigation into the incident is wrapping up and will soon be forwarded to the regional director’s office.

From the Park:

The Sunrise Road will be closed to the public at White River on Thursday,
July 5, due to air/recovery operations.  If feasible, it will reopen as
soon as operations are complete.

Also, the Mowich Road will open to the public on Friday morning.


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