Date: June 27, 2012

Recovery efforts for Climbing Ranger Nick Hall await improved safety conditions.
 After a number of days of poor weather conditions and several feet of new snow on the upper elevations of Mount Rainier, today the park received its first day of a forecasted 36-hour window of good weather for a recovery effort.
However, high avalanche danger on the mountain resulted in unsafe conditions that precluded efforts to recover Climbing Ranger Nick Hall, according to National Park Service officials.
‘We want to recover Nick as soon as it is safe to do so,” said Superintendent Randy King. “Conditions must be stable before it is safe to put recovery teams on the mountain.”
Efforts today focused on overflights to assess conditions from the air, evaluation of mountain conditions and snowpack at Camp Schurman (elevation 9,510 feet) and finalizing a plan for a recovery attempt on Thursday providing that conditions are favorable and safe.
Nick Hall died on Mount Rainier on Thursday, June 21, 2012 after he fell approximately 2,500 feet down the Emmons Glacier while assisting on an upper mountain rescue.
The memorial service for Nick Hall will be Friday, June 29, 2012, at the Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park. The Visitor Center will be closed to accommodate the service. The park is currently working to offer alternative methods to view the service.