July 5, 2012 in Region

Attempting to recover body from Mount Rainier

Associated Press

LONGMIRE, Wash. — Clear weather today at Mount Rainier National Park may permit the recovery of the ranger who fell to his death June 21.

Clouds, snow and avalanche danger have prevented a helicopter and rangers from removing the body of Nick Hall.

Spokeswoman Patti Wold said officials were meeting this morning to plan a recovery.

Hall fell 2,500 feet while helping rescue four climbers from Waco, Texas, after two of them fell into a crevasse at the 13,800-foot level of the mountain.

The 33-year-old Hall was a four-year climbing ranger originally from Patten, Maine.

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