Comments for: Patten native killed in climbers’ rescue on Mount Rainier

Posted June 22, 2012, at 12:34 p.m.
Last modified June 22, 2012, at 11:03 p.m.

PATTEN | The family of a Mount Rainier National Park ranger originally from Patten grieved and celebrated his life Friday after he died while helping rescue four climbers from the snowy Washington state mountain. Nick Hall, 33, slid about 3,700 feet to his death Thursday as he was helping …

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  • Anonymous

    Sad sad sad.

    I hope those thrill seeking climbers realize how much their bragging rights have cost Nick’s family.

    • I highly doubt they are “bragging” as you so put it. Stuff happens. it isnt like they intended to fall and need the rangers assistance. Nick was doing something he loved which is what not many people could say about their careers. People need to leave the climbers out of it, im sure they feel guilty enough without people making comments like this. 

  • Guest

    In my opinion if you get stuck because of your own stupidity then you should be held accountable for the costs and damages. I know accidents happen to even the most experienced people, but more often than not they are smart enough to avoid serious trouble.
    People go out into the wilderness and underestimate the dangers. There is no reason not to be able to go out and enjoy the outdoors safety. Bring a map, watch the weather take enough food, water and clothing. Most of all do not try to tackle Everest when your only capable of a walk in the park.

    I could never live with myself if my stupid choices caused the death of someone trying to save my dumb butt.

    • Anonymous

      This man was bravely doing his job when this tragic accident occurred.  His job as a climbing ranger was to do exactly what he was doing and by the sounds of the article, it was a job he loved.  Much like the climbers who challenge the mountain, the rescuers face the same challenges and dangers and fully accept them.  This man lived his life without fear, when questioned about his choice of risky job the article quotes “its better than dying of a heart attack at a desk”.  Don’t judge the climbers so harshly, they like this brave man were doing what they loved.  All of which comes with heavy risk.  Its not something one would understand without a love of what they all do (climbers).  He is a hero.  Period.  Leave it at that. 

    • Anonymous

      the climbers from waco, that nick was rescuing were very experienced climbers, 2 of them had more exp than probably 99% of climbers in the world… a map wouldn’t have helped as it’s all snow and glaciers up there, and the terrain changes almost daily. it was just 2 accidents that cost nick his life, with that; nick died doing what he loved, climbing and helping others… RIP Nick hall, til we meet again my friend, god bless and god speed. i now have another angel watching over me.

  • Anonymous

    Quit griping about the climbers and salute the rangers.  

  • Anonymous

    My heart was so saddened to hear the news about Nick.  My prayers go out to the family.  Please be respectful with your comments by honoring the man and the very dangerous job he was performing.  Nick will be remembered as a hero to many.

  • Anonymous

    RIP…

  • Anonymous

    Rest in peace Nick.
    The parks in Washington State are the best, period

  • Anonymous

    The man gave his life to rescue others. That’s the definition of a hero.

  • Anonymous

    The stupid climbers should know that if they are going to take such risks, they are on their own.  Now some nice man’s family is without him because they just had to go climbing.  Find something useful to do for crying out loud!

    • Anonymous

      if it wasn’t for the “stupid” climbers as you so ignorantly put it. Nick wouldn’t have had the chance to do the job of his dreams. . . these men/women were well trained and experienced climbers and nothing stupid about them. they were roped together (tied in) so when the first one fell, it pulled the second with him. the remaining 2 were able to pick in to the ice, and stopped the other 2. . . Nick went there to help them off the mountain as the first 2 had recieved what they believed to be ankle foot and leg injuries ( couldn’t hike down). nick passed away doing what he loved, and honestly i don’t think he would’ve wanted it any other way… please don’t blame the hikers, as they’ve done nothing wrong. in fact they’ve already reached out to nicks family to offer condolences.

    • Anonymous

      His own Dad does not appear to blame the hikers, why would you? One of them has climbed 7 of the 8 tallest peaks in the world-hardly the accomplishment of a stupid person. It sounds as though his Dad was somewhat comforted to know that his son did not lose his life rescuing people who were not quaified to be up on that mountain.

  • Anonymous

    The word “hero” is so wrongly used nowadays. But in the case of this young Park Ranger it is absolutely fitting and accurate.

  • Anonymous

    This is downright awful. It sadly follows another downright awful tale about the much missed Ranger Margaret:
    http://www.odmp.org/officer/21076-park-ranger-margaret-anderson

  • all of us here in Washington state know how important our Park rangers and staff are to us. God be close to this family and friends in this  loss. Your son is a hero.  

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t know your son, please accept my heart felt sorrow…He truly was a hero doing what he did for others…..May you find peace and comfort in knowing that….

  • Anonymous

    Nick was being paid to do something he loved.  Something the rescued climbers loved.  Why blame the climbers for the accident?  If Nick had known them he might have wanted to climb with them.  We should all be so lucky to make a living doing something we love.  Doing dangerous things means we have already accepted the risks.  My heart goes out to the family.  RIP Nick, and imagine the view from heaven.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds as though he lived his life to the fullest, it takes a special person to do that kind of job. My sincerest condolences to his family, friends, and the Patten community.

  • Anonymous

    He is a hero (in my opinion & I am sure in the eyes of  many others).. My thoughts & prayers go out to his brother, Aaron & his parents, Carter & Mary, in their time of mourning..

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