Mount Rainier National Park officials are preparing to release a plan to eliminate hoist operations from military CH-47 Chinook helicopters for rescues.
The helicopters were the fastest means of rescue but the process was also very risky at 15,000 feet. The reconsideration came as a result of the 2012 rescue which wound up killing a Rainier climbing ranger.
The park is considering a short haul helicopter plans where “rangers will clip into a line suspended from a helicopter 100 or more feet above, and be flown as ‘human external cargo’ to the rescue site.” Short haul has increasingly become the standard around the world.
Mount Rainier Officials to Rely Less on Helicopters During Rescues – Government – Mercer Island, WA Patch.