FWIW: Back in the '70s I was returning from crevasse rescue practice on the Nisqually when my climbing partner and I encountered a hiker with a fractured ankle at the base of some of those steep slopes above the Nisqually -- He had slipped on firm snow from the top of Glacier Vista. Fortunately for him -- he managed to stay sliding on his butt and didn't tumble when striking rocks and crushing his ankle. If he had tumbled and struck his head, I think would have been involved in a recovery instead of a rescue.
Condolences to the hiker's family and friends. Very sad.
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