- Mountaineers Hansjörg Auer, David Lama and Jess Roskelley are missing in Canada.
- According to Banff National Park's park administration, extreme athletes may have been spilled by an avalanche.
- Rescue workers have found evidence of spilled climbing equipment. Due to bad weather the search had to be interrupted.
An avalanche loss in Canada has apparently killed three well-known extreme athletes. Austrians David Lama, 28, and Hansjörg Auer, 35, and American Jess Roskelley, 36, attempted to scale the eastern flank of Howse Peak in Banff National Park, Alberta Province, on Wednesday, the park administration said Thursday With. Since then, the trio is missing, according to the outdoor clothing brand North Face.
"Local search and teams are the worst," the company said. It is believed that the men were buried by an avalanche. After the athletes were reported missing, rescue workers examined the area from the air and found signs of several avalanches. In the scree accordingly mountaineering equipment was sighted. Parks Canada condolence the bereaved relatives, it was said.
"Become a nightmare"
Roskelley climbed Mount Everest in 2003 at the age of 20. He was then the youngest American to conquer the highest mountain in the world. His father, John Roskelley, was a world-renowned climber himself, especially in the 1970s, where he led highly acclaimed tours to Nepal and Pakistan. He told the newspaper "The Spokesman Review" that his son's mountain route and companion had been completed for the first time in 2000.
"It's one of those routes where you have to have the right conditions or it's going to be a nightmare," said John Roskelley. "This is one of those trips where it has become a nightmare." If you climb mountains, the danger is not too far away. "It's terrible for my wife and me, but it's even worse for his wife."