Whilst most of us were indulging too much food and drink on Easter Sunday, the bodies of three professional climbers were found following their disappearance a few days previous in an avalanche at Canada's Baniff National Park.
The three North Face athletes David Lama, Jess Roskelley and Hansjorg Auer, were finally found following their disappearance on Wednesday when the trio were undertaking an ascent on the east face of Howse Park in Alberta.
Howse Peak is notorious for its terrifying terrain and stiff climbing, combining rock and ice, which demand exceptional alpine abilities and skills and is a tough place for even the most experienced of mountaineers. Parks Canada, the company responsible for caring over the Howse Park issued the following statement: "Parks Canada extends our sincere condolences to their families, friends and loved ones. We would also like to acknowledge the impact that this has had on the tight knit, local and international climbing communities."
The North Face has since uploaded black and white images of the three athletes to their Instagram page with the caption "We are deeply saddened by the loss of out athletes, Jess Roskelley, David Lama, and Hanjorg Auer." Following with a heart-felt tribute to each of the climbers as a sign of respect.
The loss of these three athletes as a somber reminder of the fragility of human life, and how delicately it hangs in the balance. The skill and abilities of these climbers surpasses many in the industry, and their passing will shake the climbing industry and all those involved. Do you have a story to share with us? Get in touch and let us know!