Mount Rainier National Park ranger, Nick Hall, 33, made his final journey off the mountain today assisted by a Chinook helicopter from nearby Joint Base Lewis McChord.
Ranger Hall fell some 2,600 feet into the Winthrop glacier June 21, in a rescue attempt of four injured climbers.
Bad weather conditions on the mountain have hindered the recovery of Hall’s body since his fall.
Rescuers reached Hall soon after the fall and then again on June 28, but avalanche hazards and high winds prevented a recovery.
According to the News Tribune, today’s recovery team included JBLM’s 214th Aviation Regiment, several search and rescue dogs and a Hughes 530 helicopter from Northwest Helicopters in Olympia.
Ranger Hall was a Marine before working as a ski patrol officer on Stevens Pass in Washington State. He was a four-year veteran climbing ranger at Mount Rainier National Park.
Mount Rainier has been a deadly place for park rangers this year. In January, park ranger Margaret Anderson was shot and killed by Iraq war veteran Benjamin Colton Barnes.
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