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June 4, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Training changes at Mount Rainier after ranger’s death during rescue

The Associated Press

Climbing rangers on iconic Mount Rainier had become comfortable working on the mountain’s slopes without being roped or anchored for safety and had become desensitized to potential hazards, according to a review released Tuesday into the death of a ranger who fell during a rescue operation last year.

As a result of the report, the National Park Service plans to review all high-risk operations, including climbing, boating and diving, in the Pacific Northwest region, Regional Director Chris Lehnertz said in a conference call with reporters.

The review also recommended that Mount Rainier establish protocols and standard operating procedures for climbing rangers to protect against falls in the future, as well as plans for search and rescue and incident command operations.

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July 5, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Body of park ranger recovered from Mount Rainier

The Associated Press LONGMIRE – 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…

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June 28, 2012 at 12:10 PM

UPDATE: Winds delay attempt to recover body on Mt Rainier

The Associated Press UPDATE: 12:10 p.m. | High winds are delaying attempts to recover the body of a park ranger who who fell to his death during a rescue operation high on Washington’s Mount Rainier. Mount Rainier National Park spokeswoman Nancy Stimson says officials initially thought the clear weather and lower avalanche risk would allow searchers to…

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June 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Weather delays recovery of ranger’s body on Mount Rainier

The Associated Press ASHFORD — Foggy, wet weather Tuesday at Mount Rainier National Park is again preventing a helicopter from recovering the body of a ranger. Park Service public information officer Rick Jones says officials hope for a break in the weather Wednesday that would allow them to recover the body of Nick Hall. Hall died Thursday when…

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June 25, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Fallen ranger’s body remains on Mount Rainier

The Associated Press The National Park Service has brought in additional rangers to Mount Rainier National Park to help recover the body of a ranger who fell to his death during a rescue operation Thursday near the summit. A spokeswoman says three rangers from Denali National Park in Alaska are relieving rangers Monday at Camp Schurman, at…

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June 24, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Recovery of Mount Rainier ranger’s body on hold until mid-week

Efforts to recover the body of Mount Rainier National Park climbing ranger Nick Hall are on hold, likely until mid-week, because of poor weather conditions. A rescue crew hoped to reach Hall, who died Thursday, during a short window of favorable weather Sunday, but that effort was unsuccessful, said National Park Service spokeswoman Jacqueline Ashwell. The next…

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June 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Recovery of ranger’s body called off for a day due to weather

Mount Rainier National Park Rangers are not expecting to be able to recover the body Saturday of a ranger who died Thursday during a rescue. Park spokesman Kevin Bacher said four additional rangers were sent to the site of ranger Nick Hall’s body, but the weather closed in and, with three feet of fresh snow,…

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June 23, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Weather stalls recovery of Rainier rescuer’s body

Mount Rainier National Park rangers are waiting for better weather to recover the body of a colleague who died while rescuing four injured climbers. Park spokesman Kevin Bacher said Saturday’s forecast is promising and crews have a helicopter on standby should the weather break enough for a flight. Bacher said four rangers are also climbing toward the spot…

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June 23, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Morning Memo/Saturday: Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon … fake cop case … praise for Rainier rescuer

Weather: Showers expected this afternoon, with a high in the low 60s. We were crossing our fingers for a break in the clouds tomorrow, but it looks like we may have to wait until Monday for sunnier skies. The National Weather Service forecast. Traffic: Downtown may be a snarl during the Rock ‘n’…

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