April 29, 2011

Split Avy Claims Two Skiers

Sobering and heartbreaking news: Powder Magazine is reporting the deaths of two Sierra skiers, Kip Garre and Allison Kreutzen, whose bodies were found in a pile of avalanche debris yesterday morning near Split Mountain. According to rescuers, it appears the pair were climbing Split's east couloir with the intention of skiing it when a large avalanche began about 2/3 of the way up the couloir, sweeping them down. My deepest condolences to Kip and Allison's friends and family.

via Earn Your Turns

  1. Dan Conger says:

    Very sad … even in the safest of forecasted conditions, the mountains tend to surprise us. The first Sierra peak I climbed was Mt. Tom, west of Bishop. I’ll never forget being chased off the mountain by a snowstorm in July one summer. Snowstorm in July? Yes, at 13,000 feet that happens.

    I guess it just goes to show that no matter how careful you are, accidents beyond your control can take place. Very sad … my heart goes out to their friends and families.

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