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Recovery Team Confirms Fate of Famed Climbing Trio

Bodies of 3 renowned mountain climbers found in Banff National Park in Canada

(Newser) - Even the most skilled mountain climbers in the world are no match for a major avalanche. A recovery team in Canada's Banff National Park has recovered the bodies of renowned mountaineers Jess Roskelley, 36, Hansjorg Auer, 35, and David Lama, 28, reports the Calgary Herald . Roskelley is American and... More »

For Families of Missing Climbers, the Feared News

'Presumed to be deceased,' say parks officials in Canada

(Newser) - Authorities in Canada say it's all but certain that three renowned mountain climbers are dead. “Based on the assessment of the scene, all three members of the party are presumed to be deceased," declared the Canadian parks service regarding the fate of American Jess Roskelley and Austrians... More »

3 of World's Best Climbers Missing After Avalanche

They're presumed dead in Canadian Rockies

(Newser) - Three of the best alpine climbers in the world are missing and presumed dead in an avalanche in Canada's Banff National Park. American climber Jess Roskelley and Austrian climbers David Lama and Hansjörg Auer had been attempting a challenging climb on the east face of Howse Peak. Parks... More »

Northern Alps Are Having a Deadly Month

3 German skiers killed in Austria avalanche, 2 French ski patrollers killed by exploding devices

(Newser) - Three German skiers were killed in an avalanche in Austria and a fourth is still missing, police said Sunday as snowfall set in again in the northern Alps. In France, two ski patrollers were killed when the devices they use to trigger avalanches exploded. The two accidents brought to at... More »

'It's a Miracle': Dog Saves Boy Buried in Avalanche

12-year-old had been snowed under for about 40 minutes

(Newser) - It was starting to look hopeless. A 12-year-old boy skiing in the French Alps had been swept away by an avalanche and buried under the snow—and he had no beacon to let rescuers know where, reports the AFP . That's when a sniffer dog came to the rescue, finding... More »

After Avalanche Kills Her, Climber Takes His Life

Hayden Kennedy, 27, couldn't live with the 'unbearable loss' of girlfriend Inge Perkins

(Newser) - World-class alpinist Hayden Kennedy and his partner, Inge Perkins, were skiing in Montana on Saturday when an early-season avalanche on Imp Peak near Bozeman took the couple by surprise at 10,000 feet, reports the Bozeman Daily Chronicle . The slide buried Perkins, 23, and partially covered Kennedy, 27. He searched... More »

A Foot of Snow Fell, Then the Deadly Avalanche Hit

8 students feared dead in Japan

(Newser) - What started as a snow-filled trip for seven schools in Japan has ended in tragedy. The BBC reports that eight high school students are believed to have been killed in an avalanche that hit a ski resort 90 miles north of Tokyo on Monday. Some 70 students and teachers were... More »

4 Skiers Dead in France; Rescuers Try to Save 5

Avalanche strikes in Tignes

(Newser) - At least four skiers were killed in an avalanche Monday in the French Alps near the resort of Tignes, and rescuers say they're trying to dig out five others. Many in the group are reported to be related. By mid-afternoon, the town of Tignes said the chances of finding... More »

Pair Recalls 'Miracle' Survival in Avalanche That Killed 29

They were confined to a couch under collapsed ceiling

(Newser) - For three days, Giorgia Galassi and Vincenzo Forti sat on a couch—but this was no extreme binge-watching marathon. Buried in Italy's Hotel Rigopiano after an avalanche struck on Jan. 18, the couple huddled together, their heads less than two feet from the collapsed ceiling, and ate snow before... More »

3 Puppies Found Alive Inside Hotel Hit by Avalanche

23 people are still missing in Italy disaster

(Newser) - Emergency crews digging into an avalanche-slammed hotel were cheered Monday by the discovery of three puppies who had survived for days under tons of snow—giving them new hope for the 23 people still missing in the disaster, the AP reports. The first human survivors, meanwhile, were released from the... More »

With 23 Still Missing in Avalanche, Italy Digs Deeper

Rescuers haven't given up hope for those buried under mountain of snow Wednesday

(Newser) - Buoyed by rescues from the luxury Hotel Rigopiano on Friday, more than two days after the avalanche there, search crews were intensifying their round-the-clock operation, fighting deteriorating weather conditions including fresh snowfall and freezing temperatures, reports the AP . Five people have been confirmed killed, including two hotel waiters, while nine,... More »

2 Kids, 6 Adults Alive Inside Hotel Hit by Avalanche

'Finding these people gives us further hope'

(Newser) - Some good news out of Italy in the wake of Wednesday's devastating avalanche : Eight people, including two children, were found alive on Friday inside a smothered hotel in the mountains, according to Italian media reports cited by the BBC . Rescuers have gotten two of them out and were working... More »

'Many Dead' After Avalanche Buries Hotel

30 missing at hotel in quake-hit Italian region

(Newser) - An avalanche buried a mountain hotel in an earthquake-hit region of central Italy Wednesday evening, leaving at least 30 people missing, authorities say. The civil protection agency said that it was working to get rescue vehicles to the Hotel Rigopiano through roads covered in snow, joining initial rescue efforts overnight... More »

Slide Down This Sand Dune and It Starts 'Singing'

And Kazakhstan dune isn't the only one that does this

(Newser) - Some visitors go to Kazakhstan's Altyn-Emel National Park—a preserve the CBC says is four times the size of Hong Kong—to view ancient burial sites or catch a glimpse of wildlife; others go to listen to the park's famous singing dune. The nearly 500-foot-high pile of sand,... More »

Snowboard Champ Killed in Avalanche

Estelle Balet was filming at the time

(Newser) - Estelle Balet, a 21-year-old champion snowboarder, was killed in an avalanche Tuesday morning. The Swiss athlete was in the Alps, filming above the village of Orsieres in Switzerland, when the avalanche struck. Despite the fact that she was wearing safety equipment, including a helmet and an airbag meant to keep... More »

Soldier Rescued From Avalanche Dies in Hospital

He had been buried under at least 35 feet of snow

(Newser) - An Indian army soldier rescued after six days buried under deep snow by an enormous avalanche in the Himalayan region of Kashmir died Thursday in a hospital in the Indian capital. Hanamanthappa Koppad died with worsening dysfunction in multiple organs after being hospitalized in extremely critical condition, army spokesman Col.... More »

Soldier Buried in Avalanche Found Alive 5 Days Later

His survival is being called a 'miracle'

(Newser) - Last Wednesday, an avalanche hit an Indian army base in Kashmir, burying 10 soldiers under 30 feet of ice and snow, the Wall Street Journal reports. Five days later, one soldier was miraculously found alive. The base—nearly 20,000 feet above sea level—was struck after a 320,000-square-foot... More »

'Massive' Avalanche Kills 5 Skiers in Austrian Alps

Two others were injured

(Newser) - Police in Austria say five people were killed Saturday when a "massive" avalanche in the Austrian Alps struck skiers from the Czech Republic taking part in a freeriding camp, the AP reports. Two other skiers were injured and 10 were rescued unharmed, Tirol police spokesperson Helmut Schuetz said. He... More »

5 Snowmobilers Die in Massive Avalanche

BC disaster may have been triggered by human activity

(Newser) - At least five people were killed when a massive and apparently human-caused avalanche hit a group of snowmobilers in BC on Friday. At least one other person was hospitalized after the avalanche near the town of McBride at around 1:30pm. A spokesman for the Avalanche Canada warning group tells... More »

2 Kids, Tourist Killed, More Missing in Alps Avalanche

A tourist was also killed Wednesday in the French Alps

(Newser) - Three people—including two children—were killed in an avalanche in the French Alps on Wednesday, and five more children are still missing, the BBC reports. The two children killed, one of whom is reportedly a 14-year-old boy, were part of a group of nine students accompanied by a teacher,... More »

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