Three mountain climbers, including one American, confirmed dead in Canadian avalanche

Mail Online | 4/21/2019 | Reporter
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The bodies of three mountain climbers including one American have been recovered from the site of an avalanche in Canada's Banff National Park.

Renowned U.S. mountain climber Jess Roskelley died on Wednesday along with Austrians David Lama, 28, and Hansjorg Auer, 35.

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The trio were attempting to climb the east face of Howse Peak on the Icefield Parkway when they were blasted by the wall of snow.

Friends and colleagues feared the worst after the trio failed to return from their expedition that evening.

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Roskelley, Lama and Auer were all highly-experienced climbers who are members of North Face's Global Athlete Team.

Parks Canada says safety specialists immediately responded by air and observed signs of multiple avalanches and debris containing climbing equipment.

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Park officials were unable to launch a proper recovery effort because of the continued risk of further avalanches, capable of burying a car or destroying a small wooden house.

'Parks Canada extends our sincere condolences to their families, friends and loved ones,' the agency said in a statement.

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'We would also like to acknowledge the impact that this has had on the tight-knit, local and international climbing communities. Our thoughts are with families, friends and all those who have been affected by this tragic...
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