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June 22, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Last of four climbers makes it off Mount Rainier

The last of four climbers injured and stranded on Mount Rainier, where ranger Nick Hall fell and died during their rescue operation, was able to walk off the mountain Friday night with the help of other rescue rangers, said Kevin Bacher, a park spokesman.

But the task of recovering Hall’s body remains at the 11,200-foot level of Emmons Glacier. Bacher said Camp Schurman, where the recovery effort would be based, is experiencing blizzard conditions with heavy snow and wind.  If the weather calms down on Saturday,  an MD 500 helicopter on stand-by in Longmire may be used to extract his body. However, the weather forecast for the weekend does not look good, he said.

If a helicopter can’t be used this weekend, Bacher said, rangers will attempt a recovery on foot. Because Hall’s body fell into “challenging terrain,” they’re trying to avoid that out of concern for the rangers’ safety.

 

 

 

 

Comments | Topics: Mount Rainier, Mount Rainier National Park, Nick Hall

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