Last rescued climber leaves Mount Rainier; ranger dies

9:18 PM, Jun 22, 2012   |    comments
Mount Rainier, Washington
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SEATTLE (AP) - The last of four Waco, Texas, climbers rescued on Mount Rainier in an effort that cost a ranger his life has walked down off the Washington peak.

The final climber, Stacy Wren, descended the mountain with Mount Rainier National Park rangers and was whisked away by car Friday evening. Three other climbers were plucked off the mountain by helicopter Thursday after the group fell and two of them ended up in a crevasse.

Other rangers trying to retrieve the body of 33-year-old climbing ranger Nick Hall from the 10,000-foot level of the 14-411-foot mountain were pinned down in a ground blizzard. Park spokeswoman Fawn Bauer said those rangers would spend the night at Camp Schurman high on the mountain and hope for better weather Saturday.

Hall slid more than 3,000 feet to his death as he was helping evacuate the Texas climbers.

The Associated Press

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