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Tag: Fallen climbing ranger

June
27th

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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June
26th

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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June
25th

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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