Friends are remembering fallen Mt. Rainier ranger Nick Hall as an honest, good-hearted man.
Margie and Gary Simmons had rented the bottom floor of their Leavenworth home to Hall when he worked as on the Steven’s Pass ski patrol two winters ago.
“His heart was there to help others,” Margie Simmons said, while standing in front of her trim home on Freund Canyon Road.
The former landlords said Hall mostly kept to himself. He spent most of his time in the great outdoors or with his dog, Grommet.
Hall, 34, fell to his death Thursday during an operation to rescue four injured climbers on the mountain.
The Simmons said they were surprised to learn Hall lost his life on Mt. Rainier because he was so meticulous and skilled an outdoorsman.
“I know for a fact this is the way this is the way Nick would want to go doing what he loved the most, because he truly loved the outdoors very much,” said Gary Simmons.
A spokesperson for Steven’s Pass Ski Resort said he worked there for the 2009 and 2010 ski seasons. The loss comes particularly hard after the deaths of three expert skiers, including a Steven’s Pass employee, in an avalanche earlier this year.
Hall was also a four-year veteran of Mount Rainier National Park's climbing program and a native of Patten, Maine.
"Nick...has been part of the team that's been up there on the mountain keeping people safe and bringing people out for a long time. He's a valued member of our team," said Ranger Bacher.
Mount Rainier posted a picture of the Climbing Ranger Team on their Flickr page Friday. Nick Hall is pictured at the far left.
KING 5's Liza Javier contributed to this report.