2005 Obituaries

2005 Obituaries

Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

February 16th, 2005, 12:01 am #1

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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

February 16th, 2005, 12:05 am #2

Report on Accident:
http://americasroof.com/wp/archives/200 ... ng-filming/

Meathead Films page on Alec Stall
http://www.meatheadfilms.com/Meatheads_alec.html

I don't know how long this will be kept up. But this photo of Alec matches very closely the description of the accident.

http://www.meatheadfilms.com/Photo_action_3.html


This was an earlier article on the Extreme Skiing of this group
http://www.network54.com/Forum/message? ... 1096321641
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Joined: April 20th, 2004, 7:19 pm

February 16th, 2005, 12:47 am #3

here's another extreme skier MB thread about it..
http://tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php?t=25159
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

February 16th, 2005, 3:13 pm #4

Report on Accident:
http://americasroof.com/wp/archives/200 ... ng-filming/

Meathead Films page on Alec Stall
http://www.meatheadfilms.com/Meatheads_alec.html

I don't know how long this will be kept up. But this photo of Alec matches very closely the description of the accident.

http://www.meatheadfilms.com/Photo_action_3.html


This was an earlier article on the Extreme Skiing of this group
http://www.network54.com/Forum/message? ... 1096321641
The Times-Argus reports the accident occured at 3 p.m. and he was reached at 4:30. He had taken the ski lift and hiked out of bounds beyond the mountain's highpoint at the Chin into the Lake of the Clouds area

They told investigators that Stall had skied down a 'chute' formation on the side of the mountain and then fell down at the bottom of the chute. He was approximately 30 feet from the edge of the cliff when he fell. According to authorities, as Stall was trying to get up, a slough of snow came down the chute toward him and pushed him over the edge of the icy cliff, where he fell approximately 500 feet to the ground below.

http://www.timesargus.com/apps/pbcs.dll ... 60341/1002



The Champlain Channel reports that they were "free fall" skiing -- launching off cliffs and steep terrain for long jumps. The article also noted this was the first skiing fatalit on Mansfield in 25 years.
http://www.thechamplainchannel.com/news ... etail.html

Here's a topozone map showing the steep terrain
http://topozone.com/map.asp?lat=44.54833&lon=-72.81111

Here's a photo of Lake of the Clouds
http://www.ponteography.com/image_frame ... _frame.htm

Here's a photo showing extreme snowboarding the cliffs of Mansfield
http://www.ponteography.com/pages_and_f ... poster.htm
Last edited by dipper on February 16th, 2005, 5:37 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

March 10th, 2005, 7:19 am #5

New Zealand Stuff reports Erica Jane Beuzenberg, an acclaimed 41 year-old guide, and her British and Japanese clients was killed on Mount Cook after falling 650 feet on Ball Pass. Harsh weather is preventing recovery of the bodies. 214 people have died on Mount Cook since it was first climbed in 1894.

Ball Pass is not considered one of the most difficult parts of the mountain. Gottlieb Braun-Elwert, founder of the guide company that employed Beuzenberg said the climbers were descending a slope covered in snow and ice when one of them slipped and as he tried to brace himself against a fall he unbalanced the guide and another climber.

The two climbers were Briton John Lowndes, 59, and Kazuhiro Kotani, 29, from Japan.

Ball Pass is a 2105m crossing from Tasman Valley to Hooker Valley. Since 1975, seven people have died at the pass – a two to three-day high-alpine crossing which joins the eastern Tasman Valley to the western Hooker Valley.

Ms Beuzenberg, who had only recently married, and another guide had been helping a party of eight across Ball Pass yesterday when one of the climbers slipped as he tried to secure his position with an ice axe, unbalancing the guide and the other climber and taking them all over the cliff. In 1989 Ms Beuzenberg became the first person to complete a winter ascent of all New Zealand’s 3000m peaks in one winter. She was the first woman to climb Mt Cook in winter, the first woman to climb the Balfour Face of Mt Tasman in winter and the first woman to climb Argentina’s Mt Fitzroy. She had also been a guide for New Zealand Prime Minister.



http://americasroof.com/wp/archives/200 ... mount-cook/
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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 3:15 pm

March 11th, 2005, 3:55 pm #6

It is noteworthy to many in the club of the passing of Don Pinyan, 48 completer #137. Don died of cancer in February at the age of 79. He completed the lower 48 highpoints on Granite Peak at the age of 72 and climbed the Grand Teton by the Exum Ridge at age 75. He was truly an inspiration to everyone who climbed with him. Don was a loyal member of the Mountain High Hikers, a Georgia-based hiking club, and in January the club gathered at the Wilderness Wildlife Week conference in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Many of Don's climbing buddies also traveled south for the event in which a slide show highlighting Don's highpointing exploits was featured. Sharing that event with Don was a special time for many people. He will be greatly missed.
Sincerely, Jack Frank
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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 3:15 pm

March 14th, 2005, 7:06 pm #7

Don Pinyan did Lower 48.
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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 4:12 am

April 3rd, 2005, 11:22 pm #8

VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II was an avid sportsman, and perhaps the most athletic pontiff in history.

While memories of the pope on skis or hiking through the Italian Alps contrast greatly with more recent images of him struggling with debilitating illnesses, John Paul was a vibrant participant in physical activities much of his life.

From his days as "Lolek the Goalie" to numerous hiking and kayaking trips for spiritual gatherings, the pope always found time to satisfy his love for the outdoors.

<a href=http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/sto ... 8562>Click here to read the article</a>.
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Joined: January 20th, 2004, 5:18 am

April 4th, 2005, 1:00 am #9

I'm glad to see this posted here as the Pope was indeed a mountain lover. One of the events of my early life that helped shape my interest in the mountains was a visit to Poland when I was 15 during which time I was awed by the Tatras and the mountain town of Zakopane. It's easy to see how a man from Krakow could have been so drawn to these beautiful hills. There will never be another like him.
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

May 9th, 2005, 4:10 am #10


The Casper Times reports Jim Ratz, 52, former executive director of the National Outdoor Leadership School and co-owner of the Jackson Hole Mountain Guides, was died while rapelling Sinks Canyon across from the Sawmill Campground on Highway 131 near his home in Lander, Wyoming.

Ratz was executive director of NOLS from 1984 to 1995, and was the founding chairman of the Leave No Trace program, which developed strategies for minimum impact in the backcountry.

Jackson Hole is the definitive guide service for Gannett and Granite.
More info and links:
http://americasroof.com/wp/archives/200 ... ols-leader/
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