Ranger Dies in Rainier Fall

Tumbles 3,700 feet while helping climber

Adam Roy

A National Park Service climbing ranger fell to his death on Mount Rainier Thursday as he helped rescue a party of climbers on the peak. Nick Hall, 34, was preparing four injured climbers for evacuation by helicopter when he slipped, tumbling 3,700 feet down the side of the mountain. Three of the four climbers were later extracted by helicopters from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, while the fourth spent the night on the mountain with two rangers.

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