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        A Salute to Climbing Rangers, a 'Breed Apart'

        fileSad news late last week of a climbing ranger's death at Mount Rainier National Park again reminds me—maybe you, too—of what I consider an outdoor fact of life: Some of the finest human beings walking this planet wear park ranger uniforms. Nick Hall, 34, in his fourth year as a climbing ranger at Rainier, died in a fall late Thursday (June 21) as he was helping evacuate injured climbers by helicopter near the summit of 14,411-foot Mount Rainier. "What Nick and his team did is really incredible ...

        Posted by T.D. Wood on June 26, 2012 11:58 AM & Tagged Mount Rainier, climbing rangers, national parks, park rangers and rangers | permalink | Comments

        As Rainier Prepares to Reopen, A Few Words of Appreciation for Park Rangers

        filePark rangers are some of the nicest people you'll meet in some of America's prettiest places. Approximately 4,000 of them will be on hand to greet and assist visitors this weekend at the country's 397 national park units, including Mount Rainier National Park, which reopens Saturday (Jan. 7) at 8 a.m. PT after being closed since the almost unimaginable events of Sunday, Jan. 1. That is the day when ranger Margaret Anderson was shot and killed by a man who failed to stop at a tire-chain ...

        Posted by T.D. Wood on January 9, 2012 4:06 PM & Tagged Mount Rainier, national parks, park rangers and rangers | permalink | Comments

        A Look Back at Women in Our National Parks

        What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever had to wear to work? Chances are the women of the pre-1978 National Park Service could top it. They used to have to dress more like flight attendants and roller-skating waitresses than park rangers—when they were allowed to serve at all, that is. In honor of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day (today!), here’s a link to a National Park Service article that describes how far female rangers have come—including some photos you won’t want to miss. ...

        Posted by Rachel M on March 8, 2011 3:10 PM & Tagged National Park Service, international women's day, rangers and women | permalink | Comments

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