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Argo 01-07-2014 02:56 PM

east Vail avalanche 2
I'm getting reports of a slide with a death And a few injuries in east Vail. Hope it's none of the people I knew of going out there. Unfortunately I'm sure I know them.

linvillegorge 01-07-2014 02:58 PM

That sucks, but unfortunately it's entirely predictable. That area is very dangerous with complicated terrain and doesn't seem to get the proper respect it deserves, even from people with the experience to know better.

Hopefully the info is wrong and a false alarm.

Argo 01-07-2014 03:08 PM

Info is confirmed. One dead. 3 injured. Dunno who they were yet.

killclimbz 01-07-2014 03:09 PM

East Vail Slide, 4 caught one killed
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7NEWS - 1 dead, 3 injured in East Vail avalanche - Local Story

This is getting ugly.

Vibes to the friends and family of the victim.

jdang307 01-07-2014 03:10 PM

Sad stuff. Argo also announced it here

killclimbz 01-07-2014 03:14 PM

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Sorry Argo. :(

Just posted this up in the backcountry forum. I am going to merge these threads there.

Having just lost a friend to an avalanche this year, this one is just a little too soon. For what ever reason people are pushing it this season. They were getting away with it in December. The dragon is now beginning to make it's presence known. With more snow on the horizon, it is only going to get more touchy. Respect it, please.

Vibes to the friends and family.

linvillegorge 01-07-2014 03:14 PM

Well fuck, I guess it wasn't bad info and a false alarm. :(

killclimbz 01-07-2014 03:33 PM

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Got a little more from the TGR thread on this.


That group was right behind mine on the way up. I'll tell my story of what I know.

We went up to the top of Benchmark to enjoy the views and to have a look at the bigger lines. We saw a number of small slides on Marvin's likely triggered as the sun warmed that face. This confirmed our worries about the rapid warm-up making things touchy. As we prepared to drop back to the pumptrack down the ridge, the girl in the group got to the top and said to her group, "I still want to check out NBA." I don't recall any other things said, that just stuck out. We proceeded to ski bighorn down to the bus stop.

This is what I heard after the fact.

We heard of the slide when we got on the bus and saw a guy in that group get on the bus. We asked him how his run was and he mentioned a big slide on CDC. I asked if everyone got out, and he said they pulled his buddy out with no pulse and are doing cpr. He said he had no pulse and was purple.

I told my boss about what happened, and he gave my partner and I's numbers to SAR. They called my partner about 15 minutes ago asking what we knew about how many people were in the group. He thinks it was 4 or 5 people. I remember the girl and 3 guys from the top, and there may have been another hiking up behind them that was with them. Word is, they don't know if they recovered all of the people caught.

Vibes to everyone involved and friends and family.

linvillegorge 01-07-2014 03:47 PM


Unbelievable that anyone survived this:

jdang307 01-07-2014 03:50 PM

Wow. I'm no backcountry expert or even novice. But that photo just sent chills down my spine. It looks huge.

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