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Category: Search and Rescue

July
16th

Coast Guard helicopter rescues woman injured while rafting Tilton River

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter was needed Sunday to rescue a 40-year-old female on the Tilton River about 30 miles northwest of Longview.

The woman was injured after being thrown from a raft on the river. Lewis County emergency response crews were unable to safely rescue her from the river bank due to the steep terrain a the ravine.

The Coast Guard sent an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria, Ore., to assist. The crew arrived on scene and hoisted the woman on board at 4:51 p.m.

The helicopter crew transported the woman to a Lewis Country fire

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July
15th

Rangers evacuate four climbers in North Cascades National Park

A statement released this morning by North Cascades National Park:

The North Cascades National Park search and rescue team recently responded to two separate mountaineering accidents, evacuating four people from remote mountain peaks.

On Friday, July 13th, after they successfully navigated through the remote northern Picket range and climbed several peaks, a party of three climbers requested assistance. One of the three hiked out to report that his two partners had been hit and injured by falling snow from a steep wall above their camp in a basin below Luna Peak. Rangers evacuated the injured 29 year-old male and 29 year-old female climbers via a National Park Service-contracted

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July
6th

Nick Hall: Crystal Mountain avalanche dog helped in recovery of ranger

Cirrus,  a Crystal Mountain avalanche dog, assisted in Thursday recovery of climbing ranger Nick Hall’s body on Mount Rainier.

Kim Kircher, a member of the Crystal Mountain Ski Patrol, said the dog helped the recovery team find Hall’s body in short time. Hall died on June 21 when he fell while rescuing four injured climbers. Weather and avalanche hazard kept rangers from recovery Hall’s body for two weeks. Hall’s body was covered by several feet of snow.

“Cirrus and handler Brent Okita arrived on scene in a military helicopter and were able to find Hall in a very short time,” Kircher

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July
5th

Man dies in Edith Creek above Mount Rainier’s Paradise

A man died in Edith Creek on Wednesday above Paradise, a Mount Rainier National Park spokesman confirmed Thursday.

The man, who has not yet been identified, was sliding intentionally on the snow when he fell through and into the creek, spokeswoman Patti Wold said.

The man was washed about 30 feet and was trapped under the snow, she said. His son called for help and a team of guides from Rainier Mountaineering Inc. were first to respond.

A guide climbed into the hole and found the man. The man was removed from the creek and CPR was performed but he

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July
5th

Nick Hall: Sunrise Road closed today during recovery attempt

The road to Sunrise will be closed today as climbing rangers attempt to recover the body of Nick Hall, their fallen colleague.

Hall died June 21 while assisting in the rescue of four injured climbers from Texas. Weather and avalanche conditions have prevented the recovery of his body for two weeks.  The park announced earlier this week they would attempt a recovery today.

The Sunrise area will be used as a staging ground for the mission. The park says “if feasible” the road will reopen after the recovery.

July
3rd

Nick Hall: Incident response teams starting to leave Rainier

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

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July
2nd

Nick Hall: No recovery before July 4, “no pressure” as family wants “safe as possible” mission

The body of Mount Rainier climbing ranger Nick Hall won’t be recovered until after the Fourth of July, a National Park spokeswoman said this morning.

Weather windows early this week appear to be too small to safely get a crew of climbing rangers to Hall’s body via helicopter, said Kathy Steichen, Olympic National Park’s chief of interpretation serving as a Rainier spokeswoman during this incident.

“Nick Hall’s family totally understands and wants this to be as safe as possible,” Steichen said. “There is no pressure (to do the recovery sooner).”

Steichen says the first promising weather window for recovering Hall

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June
28th

Nick Hall: Three flags at half staff at Glacier National Park in honor of Rainier ranger

I spent today at Glacier National Park in Montana where the rangers are wearing black bands on their badges in honor of Mount Rainier National Park climbing ranger Nick Hall. Hall died last week when he fell on the Emmons Glacier while working to save four climbers from Texas.

While all national parks are flying flags at half staff and wearing black bands on ranger badges, at Glacier three different flags are flying at half staff. The United States, Canada and Blackfeet Nation flags all are at half staff in honor of Hall. Glacier National Park borders the Blackfeet Indian

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