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    Avalanche in Canada: David Lama and Hansjoerg Auer

    Austrian climbers David Lama and Hansjörg Auer reportedly caught in an avalanche in Canada on Wednesday. Search underway, still no trace. German news states that American climber, Jess Roskelley was also involved. News is only coming up in German.
    edit to add. Italian news states incident occurred on Mount Andromeda in Alberta/another states that the trio had recently completed an accent of the route: Andromeda Strain

    Links:https://www.tt.com/panorama/unfall/1...-lama-und-auer
    https://diepresse.com/home/sport/meh...e-verschuettet
    added:https://www.planetmountain.com/en/ne...in-canada.html


    Shit.
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    Oof. Made me think of the Honnold/Caldwell Fitz Roy Traverse. Caldwell talked at one point about how he has no plans to do a similar alpine climb and was going to go back to "dry" rock climbing, basically because the objective hazards of alpine climbing were just too hard to control, and you get exposed to things like serac falls and potentially avalanches that are difficult to predict, difficult to manage, and deadly.

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    Holy crap. Jess Roskelley is a Spokane boy, son of John Roskelley, the best climber to come from this area. Damn...

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    i wonder what attempts have been made to reach them? fly by? fingers crossed still.
    .....I hope you know that this will go down on your permanent record

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    I confirmed through a contact, former Outdoors Editor for the local newspaper who is close to the Roskelley family, that this is, sadly, true. Large avalanche on Andromeda that took all three climbers. Apparently somewhat late in the afternoon Wednesday, a helicopter was dispatched to look for signs of survivors with no one found. I assume they're there again today on foot looking, probing, for anyone or signs they can find. It sounds like they're probably deep in the debris field. RIP Jess, David, and Hansjoerg. First Dave Treadway, now this. Overwhelmingly sad.

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    Just now in the local paper. Reportedly, this was on Howse Peak, not Andromeda and apparently must have happened on Tuesday, per John Roskelley's account.

    http://www.spokesman.com/stories/201...-byj9_oZ-KUBpU

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    damn... rip

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    Fucking terrible. RIP.
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    damn, sad news. ugh
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    Parks Canada confirms all three are deceased. Too dangerous for recovery efforts due to avy danger.
    What we have here is an intelligence failure. You may be familiar with staring directly at that when shaving. .
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    that's so rough. those were some amazing dudes. rip.

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    So sad. RIP

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    beyond sadness
    I love the mountains but I also more frequently these days f*cking hate them
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    David was a phenomenal climber. I watched a number of his videos.

    Rip.

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    .....I hope you know that this will go down on your permanent record

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    FWIW beacons wouldn't make a shit bit of difference in that type of terrain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_B View Post
    FWIW beacons wouldn't make a shit bit of difference in that type of terrain.
    Exactly

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    sure. but they would have been able to find them a lot quicker rather than running around in bad weather for a bunch of days endangering everyone else’s life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John_B View Post
    FWIW beacons wouldn't make a shit bit of difference in that type of terrain.
    True for the victims but it would have made finding them and recovery faster and likely safer for SAR. I agree with the comment in the report that getting RECCO equipped harnesses, helmets, or other clothing as standard for climbing gear would be beneficial to the search.

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    Still super bummed about this. They were all huge inspirations to me and I hate to see anyone taken too soon in the mountains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b-bear View Post
    beyond sadness
    I love the mountains but I also more frequently these days f*cking hate them
    There are no old climbers that constantly live on the edge...over time. It is tough to deal with that fact....

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    What a shitty day that was. They'll be missed. That tribute for Lama was amazing.
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    It seems like Outside Magazine has dropped in quality lately, but I thought this was a pretty good write-up/tribute.

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