National Park Service
Crews searching for 64-year-old Tacoma man.
National Park officials say the unnamed snowshoe hiker may have walked on a “snow cornice” that collapsed, causing him to fall at least 1,000 feet.
Climbing rangers on iconic Mount Rainier had become comfortable working on the mountain’s slopes without being roped or anchored for safety and had become desensitized to potential hazards, according to a review released Tuesday into the death of a ranger who fell during a rescue operation last year.
A Mount Rainier ranger slid more than 3,000 feet to his death as he helped in efforts to rescue four injured climbers who fell on a glacier, a National Park Service spokesman said.