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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-09-2006, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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Snowboarder missing off Cypress in North Van

Missing more then 24 hours now - temps dropping - new snow of over 35cms and tracks were seen in Australian Gully basically a huge terrain trap.

Kinda expecting the worse at this point and hoping he's ok/

Also feeling terrible for North Shore SAR who have to go into what is basically a shooting gallery to search for the person all night. I hope its not a body recovery.

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Australian Gully, where I have heard they are primarily looking, is no place for anyone to be. If you're thinking about skiing or boarding there, think about a couple of things. One, it's legend for avalanches and debris torrents.(I've heard a couple of these on Strachan trips over the years) Two, it's named after someone who died there. Three, there are a number of waterfalls hidden to you as you descend- one is about 30m tall, I understand. Your only hope in getting out of there are the NSR guys working hard to save your ass.

Of course, this is nothing new....

I'd like to add that I hope he's OK, too...
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Is this gully in question the one right near the top of the Strachan trail where you have to cut into the trees temporarily b/c of the steepness? Does that make sense?

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Doesn't sound good at all. Don't know the area but it seems all back country alpine area's across southren B.C are looking very dangerous right now. Will stick to double grinding untill the conditions get better. In my case hopefully next week
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Hmmm. Doesn't sound good. Bad weather and area to be lost in.

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They managed to get a chopper up late today. I can attest to the pea soup conditions the S and R guys were dealing with. Hope it ends OK.

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Yeah it doesn't sound good. Listening to the news made me take a second take. His last name was/is Epp.

(Not related though)
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Almost all the terrain that drops off the ridge toward the Capilano Valley is pretty sketchy, to say the least. I've been tree hunting there in late summer, and even under ideal conditions it isn't hard to get lost.
Lee's description of the area as "a shooting gallery" is not far off, unfortunately
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daren - aussie gully is off the top of the skychair. For obvious reasons I'd rather not give precise directions. Thoughts and best wishes to the missing person and hope NS SAR can stay safe.
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The other dangerous gully in the same drainage is called the Tony Baker Gully
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