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  1. #1
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    Unhappy Avalanche fatalities (Montana Climbers)

    From todays Montana Avalanche Report:

    AVALANCHE FATALITIES

    Iím saddened to report that on Saturday two ice climbers were killed by an avalanche on the northwest face of Sphinx Mountain in the Madison Range. A small pocket of unstable snow released as they crossed the slope on the approach to the climb. It carried them over cliffs and partially buried them. A third team member and another climbing party made valiant rescue efforts, but both victims died of trauma. Yesterday, Karl Birkeland assisted on the body recovery and wrote a detailed accident report thatís posted on our web page (www.mtavalanche.com/accidents/index.shtml).


    careful all you kids out getting some. it can happen any time there is snow on the ground.
    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
    Ben Franklin

  2. #2
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    That is some seriously terrible news. I can only hope it wasn't anyone I know from there.

    On a side note, that route has been skied.

  3. #3
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    missoula guys, mid 20s. just read about it on bozone chronicle

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  5. #5
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    Sad
    Quote Originally Posted by blurred
    skiing is hiking all day so that you can ski on shitty gear for 5 minutes.

  6. #6
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    RIP. Condolences to family and friends.

  7. #7
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    sounds like everything that could be done for them was done
    rip
    "... she'll never need a doctor; 'cause I check her out all day"

  8. #8
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    Very tragic. Let's all be careful out there.

  9. #9
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    November 2 and we're up to 3 for the season? Does not bode well. Push your limits, but push them carefully.

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