Detailed Accident Report

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Date: 2005-07-29
Submitted By: WWAN
Place: North Face of Mt. Robson
State: BC
Country: CANADA
Fatalities: 2
Summary: 2 climbers caught, carried, and killed. One remains missing.

Two climbers were caught in a moist size 2.5 avalanche on the North Face

route on Mt. Robson on July 29th. The cause of the avalanche appeared to

be from a large cornice release, but visibility obscured the upper North

Face. BC Parks, National Park Wardens, BC Ambulance, RCMP, Yellowhead

Helicopters and Jasper Ambulance responded on the morning of July 30th when

a BC Park Ranger spotted the two climbers. They were motionless and on

avalanche debris at 10,000 feet, below the North Face.

Park Wardens from Jasper accessed the climbers via helicopter in poor light

and visibility. Both climbers were found to be deceased. One climber was

evacuated to the staging area before reduced visibility and increasing

avalanche danger forced us to move down the glacier to where the helicopter

could pick us up.

On July 31st we returned to recover the second climber. Overnight a second

moist avalanche had run and covered the climber. Threat of further

avalanche and many crevasses made it too dangerous to search the area on

foot. An extensive aerial search revealed no sign of the missing climber.

At 12:00 and 14:00 on July 31st, a BC Park Ranger observed large moist

avalanches (size 3 on a scale of 5), again sweeping the accident site,

filling in deep crevasses, and running over 300 metres below onto the Berg


Search efforts have been suspended until conditions improve.

Jordy Shepherd

Jasper Park Warden Service