World-class missing climbers after avalanche


After an avalanche in the canadian Rocky Mountains is believed that the three men were killed. There are two Austrians and an American.

The Austrians David Lama, hansjörg Auer and the US-American Jess Roskelley came during a mountain tour in Canada, probably killed. “You are lost, local search, teams go from Worst,” it said in a Statement, the outdoor company The North Face, which had organized the Expedition. The canadian national Park authority noted from the air, several Avalanches and discovered debris, presumably climbing equipment. For the time being, because of the continuing avalanche danger could get no rescuers to the scene. The canadian national Park authority’s condolences “to the families, friends and Loved ones of the climbers”.

The three professional mountain climbers wanted to climb the Howse Peak in Banff national Park in the province of Alberta, on Tuesday, apparently, an avalanche went down. It is unclear how the weather conditions were at the 3295-metre-high mountain, said Stephen Holezci of Parks Canada. “It is a secluded mountain, and each peak and each valley have their own weather with individual avalanche danger.”

A Trip is a nightmare

John Roskelley, the father of the missing Americans, told the U.S. newspaper “The Spokesman Review”: “This is one of those routes where you need to have the right conditions, or it becomes a nightmare. This Trip is one that has been a nightmare.” Roskelley senior is a climber himself and had climbed the Howse Peak in the 1970s. The Route on the East face of the mountain on which the three men were travelling, was defeated, according to Roskelley senior in 2000 for the first Time.

The Austrians David Lama, 2018 on the summit of Lunag Ri in Nepal, the homeland of his father

Father and son climbed in 2003, together with the Mount Everest, with 20 years of true Jess Roskelley at the time the youngest American to the highest peak in the world. The Austrians David Lama, 28, was regarded in mountaineering circles high, since 2012, the first unsecured ascent of the Cerro Torre in Patagonia via the so-called “Compressor Route”. The 35-year-old Auer had already made several first ascents.

ehl/mak (ap, dpa, afp)