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#292187 - 04/18/19 09:03 PM Jess Roskelly presumed dead in BC avalanche
clearwater Offline
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#292200 - 04/21/19 03:39 AM Re: Jess Roskelly presumed dead in BC avalanche [Re: clearwater]
dougwalkabout Offline
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Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 2747
Loc: Alberta, Canada
This happened on the Alberta side, if the news reports are accurate.

I am not a climber, let alone an elite climber like these gentlemen clearly were. So, my calculus of risk/reward is probably amateurish in the extreme.

But I do watch mountain conditions. There have been heavy thaws and freezes this winter in the Canadian Rockies, interspersed with heavy dumps of snow. I believe the avalanche forecasts have been very high on the scale. Spring makes these increasingly variable -- a morning slope will hold, an afternoon slope will slip.

I bear them no ill will; given the tributes, they have contributed much.


But from my chair here, I have to wonder why they were out.

My 2c.

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#292203 - 04/21/19 02:12 PM Re: Jess Roskelly presumed dead in BC avalanche [Re: dougwalkabout]
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Registered: 08/26/06
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Loc: southern Cal
"We took chances, we knew we took them. Things have come out against us, therefore we have no cause for regret."

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#292206 - 04/21/19 04:15 PM Re: Jess Roskelly presumed dead in BC avalanche [Re: clearwater]
dougwalkabout Offline
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Registered: 02/03/07
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Loc: Alberta, Canada
Wise words. Fair enough.

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