Editor's Note: TGR understands the inherent risks with winter backcountry activity and urges anyone going out to have the proper knowledge, equipment, a partner, and a plan. For more information on how to stay safe in the backcountry, check out TGR’s annual Safety Week series.
Emergency personnel probe avalanche debris while searching for Mr. Garcia-Atance. CAIC photo.
On February 19th, 2019, Salvadore Garcia-Atance was touring on the Bear Creek Trail near Telluride when he was buried by an avalanche triggered from above. The CAIC has recently release an accident report stating that the slide which caught him was triggered by snowboarders above.
According to the Telluride Daily Planet, these snowboarders had illegally ducked a rope line at Telluride to enter into the a permanently closed-off area of Temptation. They were riding were riding a zone known as Temptation-East Face when they triggered a slide which ran down the Temptation avalanche path into the Bear Creek drainage.
The avalanche's crown, with a snowboarders' tracks exiting to the left. CAIC photo.
None of the snowboarders were buried, but Mr. Garcia-Atance was directly in the slide's path. When rescue personnel located him the following morning, he was buried under 6 feet of debris.
The snowboarders are not named in the report, and there is no mention of repercussions. The CAIC is reminding skiers and riders to be mindful of other backcountry users who might be impacted by the decisions of those skiing or riding above them.
Crowding near the summit of Mount Everest has yet again led to climber deaths. This week, seven climbers died while descending from Earth’s highest point. A favorable weather window over the last few days led to a line of climbers working their way up the summit ridge, creating traffic jams around technical portions of the route and leaving climbers exposed to strong winds and bitter cold. RELATED: Kami Rita Sherpa Breaks Everest Summit Record...Again The Nepalese government issued
Garcia at a 2009 ASP World Championship Tour event in Oahu, Hawaii. mpwnelson From his daughter Kaila's Instagram: " If you would like to donate, the GoFundMe can be found here. The surf world is sending messages of love and support to Sunny Garcia, who was recently hospitalized at a Portland-area ICU. Details as to what put him in the hospital have not yet been released. Garcia is a legend in the world of surfing. He was the ASP Men's
After 11 months and thousands of miles, Mink the black bear has finally made her way home. According to New Hampshire Public Radio, last year Mink the black bear was relocated from Hanover, New Hampshire after she and her cubs became too accustomed to people. RELATED: This Dog Gets More Face Shots Than You Frequently Mink dined from garbage cans and bird feeders in the area. This love for human food only heightened when a local resident regularly fed her maple-glazed doughnuts.