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Date: 2009-12-10
Submitted By: GNFAC
Place: Hyalite Canyon outside of Bozeman
State: MT
Country: USA
Fatalities: 1
Summary: 1 ice climber killed

On Thursday, December 10th, in Hyalite Canyon a world renowned Canadian ice climber, Guy Lacelle, was killed in an avalanche. He and his partner had finished the climb Silken Falls and were hiking up a narrow drainage to a higher climb when two other climbers above them triggered a pocket of wind drifted snow that ran down the gully. His partner was off to the side, but Guy was hit and carried off the climb to his death.

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*** INITIAL MEDIA REPORT ***

World-class ice climber Guy Lacelle died in an avalanche while ice climbing in Hyalite Canyon on Thursday morning.

bozemandailychronicle.com

published on Thursday, December 10, 2009 4:23 PM MST

By JODI HAUSEN, Bozeman Chronicle Staff Writer, and the Associated Press

World-class ice climber Guy Lacelle died in an avalanche while ice climbing in Hyalite Canyon on Thursday morning.

Lacelle was climbing in an area about four miles up from Grotto Falls, according to witnesses. The Canadian was in Bozeman for the Bozeman Ice Climbing Festival, which began today.

His death Thursday morning was confirmed by John Irvine, sports marketing manager for Arc'teryx, a company that makes ice climbing equipment and which sponsors Lacelle and the Bozeman Ice Festival. Irvine said he learned of Lacelle's death from a festival organizer.

Irvine called Lacelle a "fanatical ice climber" and called his death is a "huge, huge loss."

"He loves climbing and he loves sharing the sport with other people," Irvine said. "That's what his life was all about."

Irvine says Lacelle was a foreman for a tree planting company in British Columbia during the summer and took the winters off to ice climb.