(Last Updated On: February 16, 2010)
Our deepest condolences go out to the friends and family of Kellen Sams, 26, of Manitou Springs, who died in an avalanche near Ridgeway on Thursday. Details of the incident can be found on the CAIC report, and from a post from Kellen’s father below.
Having been near that area recently, skiing at Red Mountain Pass, an avalanche in that area doesn’t surprise us given the shallow and hallow snowpack we found there. Still, no one ever wishes for someone else to get caught or harmed in an avalanche of any sort. We view this tragic even as horrible news and our hearts go out to everyone involved.
At the same time, we at 14erskiers also consider this a warning and a reminder. Skiing in the backcountry has it’s consequences, and it’s important for every backcountry skier safe travel techniques and choose appropriate lines as they pass through avalanche terrain. It’s unfortunate that the death of a fellow backcountry skier evokes these reminders. But, please, everyone, remember to be safe out there 🙂