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Old 04-20-2013, 05:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 5 boarders killed in backcountry avalanche at Loveland

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Old 04-20-2013, 06:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Just saw....super heavy.

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Old 04-20-2013, 06:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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These were all attendees of the Splitfest at Loveland today. Which I did not attend. I chose to go to Bert for various reasons. I did have a couple of friends at the split fest though they were not with this group. From what I am hearing this is starting to sound an awful lot like tunnel creek. This one is going to hurt. The bc community here is going to be rocked by this one.

RIP to the five souls lost.

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600 yards wide......holy crap......
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Our news said there was a sixth person, but they were rescued... So sad.
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From what I am hearing this is starting to sound an awful lot like tunnel creek.
This is the first thing I thought too.

http://mtnweekly.com/news/loveland-p...y-snowboarders

"One of the victims was a respected backcountry guide, another a local snowboard representative"

I don't like this at all. Too much like Tunnel Creek. Probably someone a lot of us know or know of. Word was it was an acquaintance from my CO trip last month, but that's thankfully been disproven on another forum.

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I'm anxiously awaiting to hear about some guys....this is really bad...
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Colorado authorities identify 5 riders killed in Loveland Pass avalanche - X Games

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Colorado authorities have identified the victims of a backcountry avalanche on Saturday as five experienced snowboarders and skiers who were participating in a community event promoting backcountry safety and gear.

The Rocky Mountain High Backcountry Gathering's organizer, Joe Timlin, who worked as the Rocky Mountain sales manager for various snowboard brands, was among the deceased, according to the Clear Creek County Coroner's office.
"I lost a very dear friend today," said Adam Schmidt, editor of Snowboard Colorado Magazine, one of the event's sponsors. "I helped Joe put this community event together. Everybody in the snowboard community here knew him, and he was an awesome guy. Our hearts go out to the families of those that were lost at Loveland Pass. We are all very saddened by the news we received of this tragedy ... The avalanche triggered above them and pretty much just buried all of them."

Clear Creek County Sheriff Don Krueger identified the other victims, all from Colorado, as: Christopher Peters, 32, of Lakewood; Ryan Novack, 33, of Boulder; Ian Lanphere, 36, of Crested Butte, and Rick Gaukel, 33, of Estes Park. A sixth rider, Jerome Boulay, sales manager for Silverton, Colo.-based Venture Snowboards, was partially buried and survived the slide. All six were reportedly expert riders and were equipped with proper backcountry gear, including avalanche beacons.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center said the Loveland Pass avalanche was about 500 feet wide and 4 feet deep.
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I just discovered this terrible news
I just met Joe when he came for the Industry demo days here at Snowbasin in Feb. Helped him set up and break down his tent for YES snowboards and had a few beers together while he enjoyed the hospitality of two of my good friends who have known Joe for years. He was a super cheerful guy and well respected in the community. Great guy. Total shame to hear this. RIP Joe.. and to your all of your friends.

Here's his industry profile and interview from Shayboarder.com

Industry Profile: YES/Jones/NOW Rep Joe Timlin

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Tragic. I will be in CO next week. Was planning on buying a Splitboard and trying it out near A- Basin and Loveland pass. I may reconsider and wait until next year to try it out in the B.C. Some of the guys were wearing avalungs and one with an ABS pack, neither helped to save any lives. What can we learn from this? Don't trust a backpack to save your life. The only thing these devices can do is slightly increase your odds of survival when playing avalanche roulette.

R.I.P to all those dudes. I am completely heartbroken for the new family that just lost a father. As a father myself it is something that is always at the top of my mind when I venture out into the B.C. Which is becoming a lot less frequent these days and may end altogether due to climate change and snowpack instability.
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