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2 Fatalities in Mount Robson Avalanche in Canada

August 6 2005 at 10:46 PM
roger  (Login dipper)

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Banffcragcanyon reports two Europeans were killed in an avalanche on Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.

Heavy rains in June, which resulted in snowfall at higher elevations, followed by recent warm weather is being blamed for creating a cycle of wet and heavy spring-condition avalanches during what is typically the most popular time for alpine climbing.

Jasper Park pubic safety warden Garth Lemke described the 3,954-metre peak’s north face as a 50 to 55-degree slope overhung by large cornices and “three times as long” as Mount Athabasca’s north face, which looms above the Icefields Parkway. He said the route doesn’t get climbed often, except during a small window of opportunity that usually falls at this time of year.

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