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  1. #51
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    http://www.vaildaily.com/article/201...ntProfile=1062

    Some fucking week. We lose Tommy Krebs on Maui to a a stupid fall, The boston bombing, fert plant blows, Ptarmigan slides and now this.

    Deep prayers and vibes to the fallen. I just came from a memorial for Tk at the beach where 200+ people cried, laughed drank and threw flowers in the waves at sunset.

    Life is short, hard and brutish. Be cool, be kind, take care of each other.

    Aloha.
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  2. #52
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    stay safe out there people. enough is enough already ffs.

  3. #53
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    Thanks to those who were involved with the rescue and recovery. Grim work.

    Anybody know if the party was ascending or descending when the avy happened?

    Some photos up over here:
    http://photos.denverpost.com/2013/04...veland-pass/#1

  4. #54
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    ascending. right up into the beast.

    rog

  5. #55
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    ^^^Yeah, that's what its looking like.

    The impact this will have on the larger community is hard to digest. Thoughts and prayers for those in mourning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smitchell333 View Post
    Sobering...
    And I guess that I just don't know

  7. #57
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    Quote Originally Posted by BraddA View Post
    Thoughts and prayers for those in mourning.
    ditto

    rog

  8. #58
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    http://www.9news.com/news/article/33...-avalanche-IDd

    The names have been released. RIP

  9. #59
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    Very sad. My deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victims.

    Here are a couple photos that I took on my way home from work. I adjusted the contrast to show the snow texture a little better.




  10. #60
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    Rest In Peace

  11. #61
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    It seems to me that they must have been ascending since they all were caught, but I saw this quote from the Sheriff that would indicate they came from the pass which would imply above.

    ""Six backcountry snowboarders went out from the top of Loveland Pass, got to the area just above Loveland Valley and apparently, triggered a slide," Clear Creek County Sheriff Don Krueger said Saturday."

    He probably just doesn't know what he's talking about.

  12. #62
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    still trying to figure out where the slide was . what loveland lift is that in the first photo?
    F-R-O-double-G

  13. #63
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    Above loveland valley. From what I hear they were on the ascent.

  14. #64
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    Could be they rode a safe line from the road and then were ascending back up when it was triggered. So sad. RIP

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    Here's a rough google earth image of the area of the slide in relation to Loveland Pass and Loveland Valley (the lower Loveland). I was not there, so this is my best guess from the photos and description.

    This is not a frequently skied area and those that I've known who have done it, have done it from near the false summit of Sniktau (the peak to the left).

    It is common for people to ski into the Loveland Valley ski runs from the road once the lifts are closed.

  16. #66
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    From CAIC
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    Full Report here

    https://avalanche.state.co.us/acc/ac...=505&accfm=rep

    Tragic news. Vibes

  17. #67
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    Man this sucks. RIP to the deceased. I knew Rick just through passing around town and meeting him a few times out in the backcountry. He was a great guy. Positive vibes to the friends and family of all involved.

  18. #68
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    Damn! Sounds like some heavy hitters perished. So sad. +++ vibes +++ to all.

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  19. #69
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    If its the same Rick I met last week in Silverton, then he was a really great guy. Got to talk to him about guiding and a few other things, could tell that he really loved what he did. This is really sad... Vibes to everyone and their families.

  20. #70
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    Although it's easy to point and assume this was a collection of clueless Joes, it seems pretty far from the truth. As a group, it was a solid collective of education and experience.

    http://www.denverpost.com/breakingne...ms-bash-tragic

  21. #71
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    Just awful, and doesn't help that it's so close to home.

    I rode my bike up LL pass a bunch of times last summer, and am very familiar with this location on the road, as it marks the last push before the top. This spot will likely prompt some deep reflection on future rides; keep things in perspective, etc.

    As to whether they were ascending or descending; I assume someone may have interviewed the 6th rider, and they would have indicated which way they were traveling; up or down. 9news article says they were headed up the drainage; Sheriff says the survivor bailed out to the side. Kinda surprised the CAIC report doesn't say more, not that it changes anything.

    Condolences to friends and family.
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  22. #72
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anospa View Post
    If its the same Rick I met last week in Silverton, then he was a really great guy. Got to talk to him about guiding and a few other things, could tell that he really loved what he did. This is really sad... Vibes to everyone and their families.
    http://coloradomountainschool.com/guides/rick-gaukel/

  23. #73
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    Quote Originally Posted by rmnpsplitter View Post
    Ugh, this is awful. I met almost all of these guys last weekend. They're all great and smart people, I hope more of their trip and route becomes discussed.

  24. #74
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    tragedy RIP
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  25. #75
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    Denver Post article describes a bit about what they were doing at the time - ascending across the bottom, spaced out a bit. One (at least) victim was found with his skins on.

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