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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-15-2017, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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Even though I'm pasting that link from CBC, when I try to open it straight from my post, it gives me a CBC error message.

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Parks Canada is leading a recovery operation for two snowshoers officials think were caught in an avalanche near Lake Louise Tuesday.
Two people visiting from Boston were reported missing on March 14 after they failed to check out of their accommodation in Field, B.C.
RCMP officers found a vehicle that had been rented by the missing pair at a trail head north of Lake Louise on Highway 93, near an area where there had recently been an avalanche, RCMP said.
Because the avalanche danger remains high, it has not been possible to get put rescuers into the site, said Parks Canada spokesperson Tania Peters.
"What we were able to see was snowshoe tracks into avalanche debris with no tracks leading out," she said.
Snowshoers likely in debris

"We were able to do a flyover late in the day [Tuesday] and we did pick up two avalanche transceiver signals, leading us to believe that the likelihood is that these two snowshoers are in fact within that debris."
It could still take a couple of days to get to the site, she said.
The families of the missing pair have been notified and their identities will not be released, RCMP said.
The avalanche risk is considered high for below treeline, at treeline and above treeline in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks.
"We're seeing warming temperatures as well as precipitation, so we really need to make sure that area's going to be safe before we do send crews in on the ground to continue the recovery," Peters said.
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Condolences to the families!

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Terrible news but a strong reminder of the serious risks this year.

Which trail was this?

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Which trail was this?
post says only "trailhead 20 min north of LL". I'd guess Mosquito Creek / Helen Lake/ Dolomite Pass area

There is also Globe and Mail post but it says same thing as CBC site

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...ticle34313842/
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Even though I'm pasting that link from CBC, when I try to open it straight from my post, it gives me a CBC error message.
VBulliten is being oh so clever and automatically including the smiley in the URL. Try this:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgar...nada-1.4026646
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The closure area (where the incident occurred) is the valley between Mount Andromache and Little Hector (the valley used to access both peaks), if I've interpreted the map correctly.
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Very sad indeed, condelences to friends and family.

Such are the dangers when we risk ourselves having fun in the snow, in whatever form we desire.

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It was spectacular driving up the Icefields Parkway on Monday, but things are particularly unstable right now. Believe the current avy rating is extreme for the mountain parks and Kananaksis. Everyone have a safe weekend
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Glad we exited Jasper backcountry last week. The snow pack was unconsolidated virtually to ground!
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Glad we exited Jasper backcountry last week. The snow pack was unconsolidated virtually to ground!
may I ask where u were in the Jasper backcountry to have experienced this unconsolidated snow? I expect to be up that way next week.

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may I ask where u were in the Jasper backcountry to have experienced this unconsolidated snow? I expect to be up that way next week.

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