Here is the National Park Service release on the recovery of the body of Climbing Ranger Nick Hall, who died last month during a rescue mission on Mount Rainier. At the bottom is a link to video footage of last week’s memorial service for Hall.


Recovery of Climbing Ranger Nick Hall
Date: July 5, 2012

The mission to recover Climbing Ranger Nick Hall from the Winthrop Glacier on Mount Rainier Thursday was successful, according to National Park Service officials. Ranger Hall died on June 21, 2012, while responding to a rescue of four injured climbers on Mount Rainier.

A team of five Mount Rainier climbing rangers and a search dog team were flown up to Hall’s location at about 11,000 feet on the north side of Mount Rainier. The operation, including a preliminary reconnaissance flight went smoothly and was completed in approximately two hours, officials said.

Air operations were supported by a Chinook and crew from the 214th Aviation out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord and a Hughes 530 from Northwest Helicopters.

Rangers attempted to retrieve Hall the day of the original incident and again on June 28, but were forced to call off both missions due to high winds, deteriorating weather, and avalanche hazards.

A memorial service honoring Ranger Hall was held last Friday, attended by an estimated 450 people. Video coverage of the service can be viewed and download here at the DVIDS, Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System.