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Weather Hampers Recovery of Fallen Mt. Rainier Climbing Ranger

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Efforts to recover the body of Mount Rainier National Park Climbing Ranger Nick Hall continued Sunday, June 24, 2012, with bad weather and predictions of more snow and clouds hampering operations.

Hall, 33, fell approximately 2,500 feet down the Emmons Glacier on Mount Rainier on Thursday, June 21, during a rescue attempt in which four climbers fell into a crevasse on the glacier.

mt_rainierHall did not respond to attempts to contact him and was not moving after the fall. Climbing Rangers assisting in the rescue of the four climbers were able to reach Hall, several hours after he fell, and upon arrival found that he was deceased.

Rescue efforts for the four climbers continued throughout daylight hours and into the next day. All four climbers were successfully rescued and transported to an area hospital. Injuries sustained by some members of the climbing party remain serious.

The last climber, Stacy Wren, and her rescuers spent Thursday night on the mountain, then were able to walk out the next day.

"They successfully came out Friday evening, following the route down and through Camp Sherman," said NPS Ranger Rick Jones, public information officer with the National Park Service Intermountain Regional Incident Management Team. "Ms. Wren was injured, but ambulatory."

The four climbers are from Waco, Texas, and all are experienced climbers, Jones said.

The four climbers fell at the 13,700 foot level of the Emmons Glacier as they were returning from a summit attempt on Mount Rainier.

Hall's body lies at approximately 11,300 feet.

Mount Rainier National Park has experienced several days of inclement weather that has slowed efforts to recover Hall's remains. Heavy cloud cover, in conjunction with several feet of new snow, has made attempts to reach Hall's location extremely difficult.

Additional amounts of snow are forecast today as well; however the park is expecting a small weather window to open that may help the recovery team reach Hall's body.

Access to the Sunrise Road continues to be restricted as it provides the safest access for an aerial recovery of Hall's remains.

Mount Rainier National Park Rangers, local search and rescue team members, a Chinook helicopter with crew from Joint Base Lewis McChord and an MD500 helicopter from Northwest Helicopters out of Olympia, Washington continue to assist in the attempted recovery of Hall's remains and to assure the safety of other climbers on Mt. Rainer.

"Everyone's being very cautious," said Jones. Our first concern is for the safety of the staff and for the climbers who are currently on the mountain.

The family has asked that donations in honor of Nick Hall, in lieu of flowers, be made through the following accounts:

Nick Hall Memorial Fund
P.O. Box 431
Patten, ME 04765
Please make checks payable to Nick Hall Memorial Fund.
Donations to this fund will support search and rescue in Maine and assist the Hall Family with travel expenses.

MORA Search and Rescue Fund
55210 238th Ave E
Ashford, WA 98304
Please make checks payable to DOI-NPS and note that the donation is in honor of Nick Hall.

Cards and condolences may also be sent to the above addresses.

To see our earlier report on the incident, and a photo of Ranger Hall, click here.

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