Topic: climbing accident
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September 17, 2013 at 12:22 PM
The body of a 31-year-old Seattle man was recovered Sunday after he fell to his death in North Cascades National Park, according to the National Park Service.
Tyler Barton had summitted Forbidden Peak via the West Ridge about 5:30 p.m. Saturday and was descending when he was hit by a rock and fell about 300 feet, the park service said. Barton’s climbing partner was not injured.
Other climbers who witnessed the fall hiked out from Boston Basin and notified rangers at 10:30 p.m., according to the park service.
On Sunday, after a delay due to fog and an incoming weather system, park rangers recovered Barton’s body with the help of a privately contracted helicopter out of Darrington.
July 5, 2012 at 10:10 AM
UPDATE AT 1:33 P.M.: The body of a Mount Rainier National Park ranger who fell to his death two weeks ago during a rescue operation was recovered Thursday by helicopter.
Park spokeswoman Patti Wold says the recovery went smoothly in clear weather. The body of Nick Hall was flown to the Sunrise ranger station to be driven to the Pierce County medical examiner’s office in Tacoma.
Snow, clouds and avalanche danger prevented the recovery in the days after the June 21 accident.
ORIGINAL POST: From The Associated Press
A recovery effort is under way to retrieve the body of Mount Rainier climbing ranger Nick Hall, who fell to his death June 21.
An Army helicopter from Joint Base Lewis-McChord is on a reconnaissance flight over Mount Rainier. National park spokeswoman Patti Wold says the crew is checking winds and looking for signs of avalanche.
If conditions permit, the Chinook copter will return with rangers to pick up the body of Hall from the Winthrop glacier at the 11,300-foot level of the mountain. The body would be flown to the Sunrise ranger station and then driven to Tacoma.
Hall fell 2,500 feet while helping rescue four climbers from Waco, Texas, after two of them fell into a crevasse at the 13,800-foot level.
The 33-year-old Hall was a four-year climbing ranger originally from Patten, Maine. He is only the fourth Rainier ranger in the park’s history to die in the line of duty.
July 2, 2012 at 10:55 AM
From The Associated Press:
Park officials say the body of Mount Rainier climbing ranger Nick Hall likely won’t be recovered until later this week.
Spokesman Rick Jones says the next window of promising weather appears to be late Wednesday or Thursday.
The 33-year-old Hall died June 21 when he fell 2,500 feet while helping rescue four climbers from Waco, Texas, after two of them fell into a crevasse at the 13,800-foot level of the mountain.
Poor weather and high avalanche risk since then have prevented climbing rangers from recovering Hall’s body off the mountain via helicopter.
Hall, a four-year climbing ranger originally from Patten, Maine, was remembered at a memorial service June 29.
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