Snowboarder Killed in Ice Tunnel Collapse
Trapped when bus-size hunk of ice fell on him
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2013 7:47 AM CDT
Updated Aug 4, 2013 5:44 PM CDT
Mount Hood looms over Highway 26 near Sandy, Ore., in this December 14, 2011, file photo. The search is resuming this morning for a snowboarder buried when an ice tunnel collapsed.   (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

(Newser) – The body of a snowboarder trapped when an ice tunnel collapsed on Oregon's Mount Hood yesterday has been recovered. For almost five hours, rescuers used chainsaws to cut through a collapsed chunk of ice the size of a school bus in order to reach 25-year-old Collin Backowski, reports the Oregonian, but hopes of survival were considered slim.

Backowski and five friends entered the tunnel while out taking photos and video on Hood's White River Glacier yesterday. Two others were injured in the collapse, but only Backowski, who was about 30 to 40 feet ahead of the others, was trapped, reports USA Today. "He chose to live out there on the edge with the snowboarding and I obviously wanted more from him," his father told NBC News. "I would never try to take it away from him. He loved it."

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Aug 4, 2013 11:22 PM CDT
These idiots kill themselves every year snowboarding where slopes have been posted "off limits" because of avalanch conditions.
Aug 4, 2013 8:57 PM CDT
Darwin my ass. Another death caused by global warming. It was not his fault that ice and snow worldwide is softening and becoming less predictable. However, many posters on this site have spent countless hours trying to convince others (and themselves) that the climate has not changed. Who knows, maybe the poor kid read all your crazy letters, and believed them, which makes you partially responsible for his death. One of the all-time great technical ice climbers died last year in WA when a bergshrund that had been stable for hundreds of years collapsed beneath him. Why? because there is no guidebook that highlights the risks of the new environmental order. Today, Sir Edmund Hillary would have to climb fifty feet of vertical rock in snow boots with crampons to top out on Everest at 29K feet, which is tough duty. Not that anybody really needs to climb the tallest mountain, but the ice and snow that once guarded the famed Hillary Step is almost gone. I hear there are plans to put up a permanent system of ladders. Crapping in your own fishbowl and then lying about it does not qualify as good survival technique by any standard, now does it?
Aug 4, 2013 6:28 PM CDT
He died doing what he loved: wondering when the responsible grownups would take care of him.