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Snowshoer Without Beacon Avalanche Fatality Near Eisenhower Tunnel in Colorado

February 19 2003 at 9:38 AM
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GEORGETOWN -- Dogs led rescuers Tuesday to the body of a man buried by an avalanche in a recreational area outside Loveland Ski Area.

About 30 rescuers had been searching for the 47-year-old snowshoer from Ken Caryl Ranch south of Denver who was caught in the snow slide Monday afternoon.
The man, whose name has not been released, was snowshoeing with another man in single file down a slope when the slide broke loose in two places at an elevation of 11,000 to 12,000 feet. Neither had an avalanche beacon, which transmits a signal 20 to 30 meters on a standard radio frequency.

The 200-foot-by-300-foot slide occurred near the Continental Divide, about two miles north of the Eisenhower Tunnel and about 70 miles west of Denver on Interstate 70, said Knox Williams, director of the avalanche center.

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