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Efforts to retrieve ranger’s body called off for today

Post by Rob Carson / The News Tribune on June 23, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
June 23, 2012 1:23 pm

Recovery teams at Mount Rainier National Park have given up on efforts to retrieve the body of climbing ranger Nick Hall today.

Forecasts had indicated the possibility of a brief window of clearing Saturday morning, which would have allowed a helicopter to fly to the Emmons Glacier, where Hall came to rest after a fall of 2,600 feet on Thursday.

The weather did not clear as hoped, said Park spokeswoman Brandi Stewart.

“There wasn’t a window,” Stewart said. “We’re expecting better weather tomorrow and will have the helicopter on standby.”

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.
A climbing team making their way on foot to Hall’s body also gave up the effort for today.

“They’re on their way back to Camp Sherman for their own safety,” Stewart said. “There are pretty harsh conditions up here.”

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