UPDATE: Monday, June 25, 2012


Further bad weather has continued to stall efforts to recover the body of a ranger who died during a rescue attempt at Mount Rainier National Park last week, according to Park Service officials.

Climbing Ranger Nick Hall died in a rescue accident on the mountain on Thursday, June 21, 2012, after he fell some 2,500 feet down the Emmons Glacier.

New snowfall at higher altitudes has led to an increased danger of avalanches, and the weather isn’t expected to clear up until Wednesday and Thursday, park officials said. They plan to use that chance to continue helicopter operations.

A Chinook helicopter with crew from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, a MD500 helicopter from Northwest Helicopters out of Olympia, Wash, Mountain Rescue Units from Tacoma, Wash., and Everett, Wash., the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, The Soup Ladies, and other National Park Service units are assisting Rainier park officials.

More details of the tragedy are in our earlier post here.