American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Weather — British Columbia, Comox, Mount Alber-Edward

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  • Publication Year: 2000

WEATHER

British Columbia, Comox, Mount Albert-Edward

Three climbers were reported overdue on September 17. They had been attempting a four- to five-day traverse which involved glacier travel in the Mount Albert-Edward area in the Comox region of Vancouver Island. After spending two extra days out due to very bad weather, the climbers were located safe and sound as they hiked out. The previous year, two members of the same team had been airlifted from the same traverse when one member injured himself. (Source: Scott Larson, Provincial Emergency Program)

Analysis

The three climbers had the experience to complete this traverse safely. They were well prepared and had planned the trip well—including telling someone where they were and when they were expected back. When a nasty, unexpected weather front came upon them, they did a smart thing by waiting it out. They had the provisions for extra days and whiteout navigation could have resulted in their getting lost or finding themselves in dangerous terrain. (Source: Nancy Hansen)

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