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Category: Mountaineering


National Park Service will make changes based on review of the death of Mount Rainier climbing ranger Nick Hall

Read the National Park Service Report on accident that led to the death of Nick Hall.  


An pervasive level of comfort among climbing rangers working in dangerous conditions on Mount Rainier might have been a factor in the death of Nick Hall almost a year ago.

That is was one of the findings issued by a National Park Service board of review convened after the June 21, 2012, death of the 33-year-old climbing ranger.

Hall was one of four rangers rescuing four climbers from Texas. Each ranger was assisting a different climber when an Army Reserve Chinook

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Three climbers rescued last weekend on Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier National Park officials issued this press release today regarding a climbing accident over the weekend:

On the afternoon of Saturday, May 18, a party of three climbers was ascending Liberty Ridge near the Mount Rainier summit when a small avalanche swept away the lead climber and emplaced fall protection failed.

Self-arrest efforts by the group’s third member halted the descent of the entire group.

Despite the lead climber’s sustaining an angulated left lower leg fracture, the three climbers were able to reach the top of Liberty Cap.

On the morning of May 19, they contacted a climbing

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International Mountain Guides’ DaRita Sherpa dies on Mount Everest

Eric Simonson of Ashford-based International Mountain Guides posted this message moments ago on the company’s Facebook page:

IMG has lost a member of our Sherpa family. DaRita Sherpa from Phortse reportedly spent the night at Camp 3 without any problems. In the morning he was up, had breakfast, was fully dressed, boots on, preparing to descend back down to Camp 2 when he suddenly felt dizzy. He laid down in the tent and stopped breathing, and despite CPR efforts by his teammates, died. The HRA doctors at Base Camp think that this was probably either a sudden cardiac or cerebral

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Get your outdoor club’s info into our special section

We are preparing a special section on summer outdoor recreation options in Western Washington. One element of the content will be a listing of outdoors groups in the South Sound.

So, here’s the deal. Your group can get a free mention in the section, but you have to send us the information.

Here is what we would you like to send us: club name, main activity you participate in, major event club hosts; general meeting time and location; website and/or phone number.

Here is an example: South Sound Chapter-Puget Sound Anglers: Salmon fishing; hosts the South Sound Salmon Derby in

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Climbing fees to increase at Mount Rainier on Dec. 1

Mount Rainier climbing fees will soon increase by $1 to $44 for adults and $31 for those 24 and younger, park officials announce this morning.

The increase for the annual passes goes into effect on Dec. 1, said park superintendent Randy King in a prepared statement.

The climbing fee was implemented in 1995 and an increase was approved after a series of public meetings last year. The 2011 increase allows the park to adjust the fee annual based on the U.S. Consumer Price Index.

The climbing fee is a special use fee designed to offset cost of Rainier’s climbing program

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Reports detail Sept. 8-9 rescues on Ruth Mountain, Mount Torment

A trio of climbers were rescued on Sept. 9 from a crevasse on Ruth Mountain, just outside the northwest boundary of North Cascades National Park.

In a recap of the incident released today, chief ranger Kinsey Shilling said park dispatch was notified there were three injured climbers on Ruth Mountain. The climbers had fallen into a crevasse in mid-morning. One had managed to climb out on his own, reached a location with cell phone reception and dialed 911.
Whatcom County Search and Rescue was notified and alerted park dispatch to the situation. Rangers accepted a request from the sheriff’s

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Hiker warning: Crevasses open up on Muir Snowfield

People planning to do the day hike to Camp Muir, or are headed there as they attempt to summit Mount Rainier, should take heed of a warning posted by park rangers.

Be advised that the crevasses on the Muir Snowfield are beginning to open up and pose a hazard to travelers on the snowfield. These crevasses open up every year as the snow melts off, and are deep enough to fall into, cause injury, or be unable to attract help from within. The “bootpack” on the snowfield generally manages to avoid the areas with crevasses, but the “glissade paths” may

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Second climber identified, causes of death determined

The Pierce County Medical Examiner has identified the second body found Friday on Mount Rainier as that of Eunsork Yang, 54, of Springfield, Ore.

Yang and Michelle Trojanowski, whose body was found nearby, died of hypothermia, the examiner’s office ruled.

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