Hope for recovering ranger’s body

3:06 pm June 26th, 2012

The body of a park ranger who died during a rescue last week of stranded climbers on Mount Rainier could be removed from the side of the mountain Wednesday or Thursday, weather permitting.

Officials at Mount Rainier National Park said Monday that forecasts of improved weather those days may allow a helicopter to be part of the recovery effort. Weather conditions have prevented aerial efforts and increased avalanche danger due to an accumulation of new snow have made climbing to the location of Nick Hall’s body too dangerous, according to officials.

Hall, 33, died in a fall that took him between 2,500 and 3,000 feet down the mountain. He was among climbing rangers and other rescuers who were evacuating climbers from Texas who had slipped and fallen at about about the 13,700-feet level as they were descending the mountain after reaching the summit earlier in the day last Thursday.

The Texas group, two of whom fell into a crevasse, suffered injuries that were described by officials as serious but not life-threatening. All made it to safety with the help of rescuers.

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