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Tag: Joint Base Lewis-McChord


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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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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