Weather may permit recovery of ranger’s body Thursday

ASHFORD, Wash. — Mount Rainier National Park officials say they do not immediately expect to be able to retrieve the body of a climbing ranger killed during a rescue last week. The weather is good, but the avalanche risk is too high.

Nick Hall fell 2,500 feet last Thursday on the Emmons Glacier after helping to rescue four climbers who were from Waco, Texas.

Aaron Hall, the brother of ranger Nick Hall, said Nick wasn’t about making money but about “cutting straight to the spirit of what he wanted in life.” Aaron Hall told reporters at Mount Rainier on Wednesday that his brother’s “empty pockets had a lot of wealth in them.”

Hall was originally from Patten, Maine. He had been a ranger for four years.

A park spokeswoman said officials now hope to be able to retrieve Hall’s body on Thursday.

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