North Face climbers presumed dead in Banff area avalanche

Monday, 22 Apr, 2019

All three were members of the Global Athlete Team, a group sponsored by The North Face apparel company.

Three professional mountaineers who are among the most accomplished of their generation are presumed dead after an avalanche in Banff National Park, as reported by Parks Canada on Thursday.

Parks Canada recovery efforts are on hold because of unsafe conditions and additional avalanches at the scene.

His father John told the Spokesman-Review on Thursday that the group had been attempting a route that had only been completed for the first time just two decades earlier.

They were attempting a route called M16 on the east face of Howse Peak, Roskelley said.

It appears the climbers were caught in a size 3 avalanche, said Chelsey Dawes, a spokeswoman with Parks Canada. Authorities launched an aerial search the next day.

"This is one of those trips where it turned into a nightmare".

After the men were reported missing on Wednesday, park officials used a helicopter to search for them from the air, and "observed signs of multiple avalanches and debris containing climbing equipment", Parks Canada said in a press statement obtained by CNN.

A truck travels along the Trans-Canada Highway at dusk in Banff National Park in 2017 in Alberta, Canada.

The 28-year-old Lama was considered an exceptional talent of the mountaineering and climbing scene. In 2018 he solo climbed Lunag Ri, an unclimbed mountain between Tibet and Nepal.

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Lama is renowned as among the very best, if not the best, of the world's "super-light" mountaineers who ascend peaks amazingly quickly, with minimal equipment. His sheer determination took him to the peaks of the most hard mountains in the world, while his passion rubbed off on the entire mountaineering community.

Roskelley climbed Mount Everest in 2003 at age 20.

In the ensuing years, Roskelley would decide to pursue climbing as a career, making a living as a welder until he could afford to train and climb full-time. "It's a very bad accident, terrible", said Messner in an interview with the APA.

"We can't speculate ... every mountain, every valley has its own conditions", he said.

"I think it's really important to say that he was just totally in love with his wife", John Roskelley said. As conditions worsened, he yelled out to his son, "Jess, you've got to move faster, or we're going to die right here". They were part of a North Face-backed team, as the company confirmed.

And then, of course, there was Everest.

On Instagram, he wrote: "We choose to play by the rules of the mountains because they are our calling".