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LeeL
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Extreme ski tourin, mountain bikin addict who hikes at least once a year


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 Posted - 01/09/2006 :  5:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply to this posting
Missing more then 24 hours now - temps dropping - new snow of over 35cms and tracks were seen in Australian Gully basically a huge terrain trap.

Kinda expecting the worse at this point and hoping he's ok/

Also feeling terrible for North Shore SAR who have to go into what is basically a shooting gallery to search for the person all night. I hope its not a body recovery.

mick range
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Trail running, bike hucking, fast packing, beer drinking collector of pine cones on a day pass

AKA

Dances with Trees

Forest Gnome Cabin
Canada

13574 Posts

 Posted - 01/09/2006 :  5:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Australian Gully, where I have heard they are primarily looking, is no place for anyone to be. If you're thinking about skiing or boarding there, think about a couple of things. One, it's legend for avalanches and debris torrents.(I've heard a couple of these on Strachan trips over the years) Two, it's named after someone who died there. Three, there are a number of waterfalls hidden to you as you descend- one is about 30m tall, I understand. Your only hope in getting out of there are the NSR guys working hard to save your ass.

Of course, this is nothing new....

I'd like to add that I hope he's OK, too...

Edited by - mick range on 01/09/2006 5:20 PM
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darren
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Whitehorse, YUKON
Canada

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 Posted - 01/09/2006 :  5:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Is this gully in question the one right near the top of the Strachan trail where you have to cut into the trees temporarily b/c of the steepness? Does that make sense?

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Edited by - darren on 01/09/2006 5:54 PM
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Jeffster
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Port Moody, B.C
Canada

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 Posted - 01/09/2006 :  5:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Doesn't sound good at all. Don't know the area but it seems all back country alpine area's across southren B.C are looking very dangerous right now. Will stick to double grinding untill the conditions get better. In my case hopefully next week

threeprime
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Vancouver, BC
Canada

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 Posted - 01/09/2006 :  6:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hmmm. Doesn't sound good. Bad weather and area to be lost in.

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simonc
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Peak bagging, bushwhacking, zamboni driving, snowshoeing, self portrait artist, and speed demon who loves to hang out on Mt. Seymour


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 Posted - 01/09/2006 :  6:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
They managed to get a chopper up late today. I can attest to the pea soup conditions the S and R guys were dealing with. Hope it ends OK.

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BillyGoat
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 Posted - 01/09/2006 :  7:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yeah it doesn't sound good. Listening to the news made me take a second take. His last name was/is Epp.

(Not related though)

Edited by - BillyGoat on 01/09/2006 7:11 PM

mick range
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Forest Gnome Cabin
Canada

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 Posted - 01/09/2006 :  7:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Almost all the terrain that drops off the ridge toward the Capilano Valley is pretty sketchy, to say the least. I've been tree hunting there in late summer, and even under ideal conditions it isn't hard to get lost.
Lee's description of the area as "a shooting gallery" is not far off, unfortunately
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LeeL
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 Posted - 01/09/2006 :  8:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
daren - aussie gully is off the top of the skychair. For obvious reasons I'd rather not give precise directions. Thoughts and best wishes to the missing person and hope NS SAR can stay safe.

mick range
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 Posted - 01/09/2006 :  10:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The other dangerous gully in the same drainage is called the Tony Baker Gully

KARVITK
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Abbotsford, B.C.
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 Posted - 01/09/2006 :  10:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wash up snowshoeing Hollyburn yesterday. Met the rescue group on a practice/instruction session up and down the slope yesterday, amazing group of people. Ugh then they have to the do real thing. Yesterday afternoon visibility was very poor, at times dense fog together with snow cramped visibility down to less than 20 meters. They have a real challenge in finding that guy, if it is in a gully like the one on the north side of Strachan.

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Baddoc48
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Chilliwack, BC
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 Posted - 01/10/2006 :  06:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Search still on this am

Apparently this individual was not wearing the appropriate attire either . . . got to be prepared everytime we go out

we hope for the best -- and we don't lose anyone in the search!

wannabe
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Toronto, ON
Canada

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 Posted - 01/10/2006 :  07:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Let's hope for the best ...

Interesting link:

http://alpineclub-edm.org/accidents/type.asp?type=Snowboarding


quote:
Originally posted by Jeffster

... Will stick to double grinding untill the conditions get better ...




Um..., what's "double grinding"?

JB

Shadee
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spaceship..
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 Posted - 01/10/2006 :  07:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by wannabe

quote:
Originally posted by Jeffster

... Will stick to double grinding untill the conditions get better ...




Um..., what's "double grinding"?

JB



Doing the grouse grind twice (used to do this trail three times a week, I know every step) - Im a lynne peak convert now

I hope the guy is ok, makes me shudder to think about it.

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OK Jack
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 Posted - 01/10/2006 :  07:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hmmmmm....

Wannabe's from Teronna... so he may not know what the Grouse Grind is...

Ah... he can press the *Search* button if he wants to find out, right???

As Jeffster originally used it in his response, "grinding" can have several meanings... and to do it twice (in one day)... Well !!!

C'Jack...

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Edited by - OK Jack on 01/10/2006 07:43 AM

margaret
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Vancouver, BC
Canada

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 Posted - 01/10/2006 :  09:30 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by wannabe


Let's hope for the best ...

Interesting link:

http://alpineclub-edm.org/accidents/type.asp?type=Snowboarding









Interesting stats on that link, shows the most common danger areas.
Weather looking clearer this morning (so far), my hopes/prayers go out to the lost boarder's family & friends. Looking toward Cypress on my way to work this morning gave me an anxious feeling, thinking how intense and emotional the search must be.










Edited by - margaret on 01/10/2006 09:32 AM
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darren
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Whitehorse, YUKON
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 Posted - 01/10/2006 :  1:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Any updates??

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mick range
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Forest Gnome Cabin
Canada

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 Posted - 01/10/2006 :  1:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
They still haven't found him, unfortunately. At this point he has been missing about 42 hrs.
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Moses
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 Posted - 01/10/2006 :  2:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just heard on CKNW they have reports of his body being found, but they won't confirm until they have the offical RCMP announcement.
Sad day. My heart goes out to the family.
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trillium
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Abbotsford, BC
Canada

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 Posted - 01/10/2006 :  3:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
For everyone familiar with the area....he was found in Tony Baker Gully.

Edited by - trillium on 01/10/2006 3:20 PM

mad owl woman
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Vancouver, BC
Canada

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 Posted - 01/10/2006 :  3:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


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