SEATTLE (AP) — Whiteout conditions on Mount Rainier National Park are preventing rangers from recovering the body of a colleague who died while rescuing four injured climbers near the mountain's peak.
A park spokeswoman says crews were hoping for a break in the weather today but conditions got worse as the day progressed. Crews say the forecast looks better for recovery tomorrow.
A team of four rangers who had begun climbing to the spot where Nick Hall slid 2,600 feet to his death turned back to Camp Schurman. The campsite is at the 9,500-foot level.
The rangers were going to assist with a planned recovery from a helicopter, which remains on standby until the weather allows flying conditions.
Hall died Thursday after helping four climbers from Texas who fell near the 14,411-foot mountain's peak. Hall had helped put three climbers into a helicopter when he fell. The final climber descended the mountain with rangers Friday.
APPHOTO NY128: This undated photo provided by the National Park Service shows climbing ranger Nick Hall on Mount Rainier in Washington state. Hall, 33, was killed Thursday, June 21, 2012 as he was helping evacuate climbers from a crevasse near the summit of the 14,441-foot mountain. (AP Photo/National Park Service) (4 Oct 2009)
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