Posts tagged: Mount Rainier National Park
MOUNTAINEERING — The National Park Service says a climbing ranger who fell to his death during a rescue operation at Mount Rainier National Park last year was not roped for safety or equipped with an ice ax at the time of the accident.
Nick Hall, 33, was a four-year climbing ranger at the park. He fell roughly 2,400 feet while helping to rescue four injured climbers from Texas on June 21, 2012.
A review into the accident reported by the Associated Press today found a pervasive pattern of rangers being comfortable being unroped on the mountain and that they had become desensitized to the risks.
Park Superintendent Randy King says the park is establishing more stringent protocols for those who work on the mountain and improving training for its rangers.
WINTER SPORTS – Crystal Mountain Resort in the northeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park is operating this weekend, one of only seven ski resorts still open in North America.
Last year, conditions allowed the resort to set a record by staying open until July 16.
This year, the resort has pledge to open for skiing again next weekend, and possibly for more weekends as conditions allow.
Last weekend the resort had 50 inches of snow at the base and 115 inches on the summit.
The season snowfall total is 580 inches, down from last season’s record of 612 inches.