Weather delays recovery of Patten native’s body on Mount Rainier

Climbing ranger Nick Hall is shown on Mount Rainier in Washington state. Hall, 33, was killed Thursday, June 21, 2012, as he was helping evacuate climbers from a crevasse near the summit of the 14,441-foot mountain.
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Climbing ranger Nick Hall is shown on Mount Rainier in Washington state. Hall, 33, was killed Thursday, June 21, 2012, as he was helping evacuate climbers from a crevasse near the summit of the 14,441-foot mountain.
Posted June 26, 2012, at 3:09 p.m.

ASHFORD, Wash. — Foggy, wet weather Tuesday at Mount Rainier National Park again is preventing a helicopter from recovering the body of a ranger.

Park Service public information officer Rick Jones says officials hope for a break in the weather Wednesday that would allow them to recover the body of Nick Hall, a native of Patten, Maine.

Hall died Thursday when he fell about 2,500 feet while helping rescue four climbers after two of them fell into a crevasse on the Emmons glacier. Three of the climbers from Waco, Texas, remain at Madigan Army Medical Center on Tuesday in fair condition.

Hall’s body is at the 11,300-foot level, at a spot threatened by avalanches. He had been a ranger four years.

The park remains open. It gets about 1.5 million visitors a year.

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