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Park ranger dies during mountain rescue

12:43 pm June 22nd, 2012

A Mount Rainier National Park ranger fell to his death Thursday during a rescue of mountain climbers.

Park officials said Nick Hall, 34, was among rescuers who went to the aid of four climbers from Texas. During the rescue, Hall fell and slid more than 3,000 feet into a crevasse on Mount Rainier.

The climbers from Texas had reached the summit of the mountain earlier in the day and were descending when they fell as a group at the 13,700-feet level on Emmons Glacier. Two of them fell into a different crevasse than the one that claimed Hall.

An Army helicopter airlifted three of the climbers Thursday. A fourth remained on the mountain overnight with climbing rangers.

Hall is the second Mount Rainier park ranger to die this year. Margaret Anderson, who lived in Eatonville, was shot and killed by a gunman as she was trying to stop him after he avoided a mandatory vehicle tire chain checkpoint in the park Jan. 1.

(Read more of this story in the Jan. 27 print edition of The Dispatch)

 

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