American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Avalanche, Fall on Ice, Climbing Alone, Climbing Unroped, Alberta, Rocky Mountains, Mount Snowdome

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  • Publication Year: 1987

AVALANCHE, FALL ON ICE, CLIMBING ALONE, CLIMBING UNROPED Alberta, Rocky Mountains, Mount Snowdome

On March 23, 1986, Alan Deane (26) was climbing with two friends in the Columbia Icefields of Jasper National Park. He decided to solo an ice climb called Skipstream near Snowdome Peak. At the time of the accident, he was almost at the top of the climb, and well ahead of his friends, who were roped together down below.

He fell 600 meters to his death. It is not known exactly what happened, but there was an avalanche at the time, and it seems likely that it was the cause of the fall. (Source: Edmonton Journal, March 23,1986).

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