Park Service: Mt. Rainier Ranger Died Not Wearing Safety Gear
YAKIMA, Wash. - The National Park Service says a climbing ranger who died during a rescue operation at Mount Rainier hadn't been roped in for safety.
NPS says 33-year-old Nick Hall also wasn't equipped with an ice ax at the time of the accident.
Hall was a 4-year climbing ranger at the park. He fell roughly 2,400 feet while helping to rescue four injured climbers from Texas on June 21, 2012.
NPS says a review into the accident found a pervasive pattern of rangers being comfortable and unroped on the mountain, as they had become desensitized to the risks.
Park Superintendent Randy King says the park is establishing more stringent protocols for those who work on the mountain and improving training for its rangers.