American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Climbing Alone, Disappeared, Possible Fall into Crevasse, British Climber, Mount Robson Provincial Park, Mount Robson

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  • Publication Year: 2004

CLIMBING ALONE, DISAPPEARED, POSSIBLE FALL INTO CREVASSE

British Columbia, Mount Robson Provincial Park, Mount Robson

On July 31, L.B. (23) departed Berg Lake to climb Mount Robson’s Fuhrer Ridge with a planned descent of the Kain Face. He failed to return as planned and a Parks Canada rescue team was notified. After two days of helicopter searching, a dog search of a natural avalanche and considerable investigative work, search efforts were suspended. No tracks or any other evidence were discovered on the mountain.

Analysis

The glaciated terrain on Mount Robson is riddled with crevasses and significant avalanche and icefall hazards exist. While search efforts for L.B. were inconclusive, a crevasse-fall seems likely. Any unroped and/or solo travel on Robson’s—or any—glaciated terrain is ill-advised. (Source: Parks Canada Warden Service, Jim Mamalis)

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