As one ranger loses his life, the last of four Waco, Texas, climbers are rescued on Mount Rainier as they walked down off the Washington peak on Friday during blizzard conditions.
The final climber, Stacy Wren, descended with Rainier National Park rangers and was whisked away by car Friday evening. Three other climbers were plucked off by helicopter Thursday after the group fell and two of them ended up in a crevasse.
Eight other climbers trying to retrieve the body of Nick Hall, 33, from the 10,000-foot level of the 14-411-foot mountain were pinned down in a ground blizzard. They planned to spend the night at Camp Schurman at the 9,500-foot level and hope for a weather window on Saturday, park spokeswoman Fawn Bauer said.
Hall slid more than 3,000 feet to his death as he was helping evacuate the Texas climbers.
His family both grieved and celebrated his life Friday.
Hall, a four-year veteran of the park’s climbing program, came from a family of EMTs who aided soldiers in Iraq and car crash victims in his small hometown of Patten, Maine. He was not married and had no children.
His father, Carter Hall, recalled his son as a loner when he was a child, but flourished in high school through a shared love of the wilderness.
“For good and bad, it was my influence of the outdoors,” Hall told The Associated Press in a call from his Maine home, his voice breaking.
A Chinook helicopter from Joint Base Lewis-McChord removed three of the four climbers and rangers stayed on the mountain Thursday night with Wren.