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The press are reporting an ice climbing accident in the Joffre area. Pemberton Search and rescue are searching for two climbers and the third may have died. We can only hope they go it wrong.
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Was just told that the accident occurred on the Central Couloir on the N Face of Joffre.
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Curious to know what happened. I was up there yesterday, and found pretty good snow stability in general.
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The press are reporting an ice climbing accident in the Joffre area. Pemberton Search and rescue are searching for two climbers and the third may have died. We can only hope they go it wrong.
just heard this on the news ...here's the CBC link

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/britis...rton-1.2897879
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Unfortunately all three have apparently been found deceased.

http://www.news1130.com/2015/01/12/t...ear-pemberton/
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Unfortunately all three have apparently been found deceased.

http://www.news1130.com/2015/01/12/t...ear-pemberton/
that's just dreadful news. Such a favourite area for so many of us, summer and winter. Tragic.
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This is so tragic. I wonder if they were attempting out of Keith's Hut and Anniversary? We were up there yesterday and as we were headed up Vantage we could see two (only two) people just about at the Matier/Joffre col traveling up Anniversay Glacier. Only ppl we saw in that On the glacier or near the col. Met a whole bunch of ppl in Keith's. Such a horrible accident.
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I wonder if they were roped up, someone took a fall and dragged the others off. Not really a supportive enough crust up there yesterday to climb/hike on. I probably wouldn't have chosen that line on the day or decided to rope up in there, but I'm not all that experienced either. My condolences to their family and friends.
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#RCMP St/Sgt Steve LeClair: 3 victims were roped together, fell ~ 2000 feet to their deaths near Pemberton. #cbc
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#RCMP St/Sgt Steve LeClair: 3 victims were roped together, fell ~ 2000 feet to their deaths near Pemberton. #cbc


Condolences to their families. Similar accidents happen on Mt. Hood where parties decide to rope up. But there are instances where roping could save your life, like in this case:

Real Self Arrest - Mount Rainier - Emmons Glacier - Aug 10th:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNmRqwsggws

The arrest takes place right at the beginning of vid. Then start at min 5:30 in slow motion.

For people who want to see how a fall similar to the one from the article looks like here is a good vid to give you an idea what happens when you fall from a place like the Central Couloir. This guy's partner was climbing above him and dislodged a piece of ice that almost hit the other below him and caused him to slip and slide out of control.The speed you pick up as you slide its insane. His ice axe just flew out of his hand before he even had the chance to realize whats going on:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGyTYjN1HG8

I guess there was not enough snow to pick up more speed and the bumping into the rocks helped him to slow down a bit. Lucky to be alive for sure.

When we choose to go to the mountains, as adults we accept those kind of risks. It can happen to anybody.
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UPDATE:

http://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/whi...nt?oid=2636574

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My condolences. Joffre and Matier were the first mountains that I climbed in a mountaineering sense. It's always been a special place for me.

Climb on.

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more info:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/britis...rton-1.2897879

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Initially the victims were thought to be climbers, but RCMP Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair said they appeared to be walking up the central couloir — a steep narrow chute or gully on the side of a mountain —​ wearing crampons
I'm curious, is the RCMP saying they only had crampons. No ice axes?

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Unfortunately one of my friends was involved in this accident. All I can say is that they were very well experienced and equipped for the climb, and that there was a tragic slip near the top.
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I'm curious, is the RCMP saying they only had crampons. No ice axes?
No, they would have had axes/tools. Missing information in a media report is just missing information. Reporters often don't realize that they need to go into painstaking detail about what tools were used and what pro was put in place in order to appease the internet masses.

djun: I'm really sorry.
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