According to the latest information from the Canadian park administration, David Lama, Hansjörg Auer and Jess Roskelley reached the summit of Howse Peak before being killed by an avalanche on descent.
After days of waiting, the bodies of the three mountaineers could be salvaged. On the smartphone of Jess Roskelley found his parents a summit photo of Howse Peak. Apparently, the trio reached the summit successfully at 12.43 o'clock and was only carried away on the descent from the avalanche.
Captured by avalanche during descent
As the Canadian authorities communicated in a press conference, they assume that David Lama, Hansjörg Auer and Jess Roskelley were caught rappelling from a major avalanche. It was an avalanche of level 3 (out of five). The trio did not carry avalanche transceivers to locate them.
“An avalanche transceiver would not have helped anyway. In an avalanche of this size, any help would have come too late. Only the search for the corpses would have been shortened. "Brian Webster from the Canadian authorities
Jess Roskelley's family publishes summit photo and farewell words
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“Mountains help me navigate what is most important to me. They balance the chaos that is regular life. Balance is what I strive to accomplish in climbing - a balance of life, love and mountains. Alpine climbing is a life-long commitment. I live and breathe it. " - Jess Roskelley • The response we've received from the climbing community and the myriad of family, friends, acquaintances and The North Face team has been unbelievable. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of David Lama and Hansjörg Auer. Jess looked up to the two of them and was so excited to climb with them. • "By endurance, we conquer." • Love Alli, John, Joyce, Jordan and Dawn Roskelley