Joined: 06 Dec 2007 Posts: 323 Location: Victoria, BC
Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:17 am Post subject:
I received this email today from the ACC (Alpine Club of Canada):
"To All members of the Calgary Section. We are deeply saddened to inform you that an avalanche occurred outside of Smithers, BC on the afternoon of February 26,th during the Burnie Glacier Calgary Section winter camp that resulted in one fatality and one presumed fatality. The avalanche involved four trip participants, all of which were experienced back country enthusiasts. All of the four were ACC members, two Calgary section members, one from the Saskatchewan Section and the other from the Vancouver Island Section. At this time we do not have full details, however we have been informed that recovery efforts are continuing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the participants of this trip and their families. We will inform you of developments as we are aware of them. Be Safe. Calgary Section Executive."
The Globe article said that one of the trip participants dug out a 64 yr old man, and together they tried to rescue a 52 yr old woman, but she was deceased. Apparently they're still trying to recover the 4th member. Very sad.
A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, March 19 for Ray Norman, a Calgary and Rocky Mountain Section member who died in an avalanche near Smithers, BC on February 26. Ray was a popular adventurer, generous volunteer and loving husband, father and grandfather. The gathering will take place at the Chateau Lake Louise's Victoria Ballroom at 1pm. The event is open to the public. In lieu of flowers, the family has established a memorial fund, whose purpose is to support avalanche awareness and training programs. Donations will be accepted and details will be available at the memorial,
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