Bandelier Chief Called to Mt. Rainier Tragedy

Mount Rainier. Courtesy/NPS

Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott was activated Thursday night with the National Park Service Incident Command Team and flew out early Friday morning to help with rescue operations and logistics at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state.

Lott is expected to be on scene in Washington State for the next week or so.

Eight Mount Rainier National Park rangers have been waiting out a ground blizzard on Mt. Rainier to retrieve the body of their colleague.

Ranger Nick Hall, 34, fell more than 3,000 feet to his death Thursday while attempting to rescue four injured climbers on the mountain, park officials said Friday.

About 5,000 climbers annually reach the summit of Mount Rainier, which is 14,410 feet above sea level.

There have been 117 climbing-related fatalities on Mount Rainier since 1897.

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