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    Renowned ice climber Guy Lacelle dies

    LA Times article here. This guy soloed WI6 like most of us walk down the street.


    First Bachar...now Lacelle...2009 is turning out to be a tough year for free soloists.

    RIP.
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    Sad. Worthy of some discussion.

    Lacelle was killed by a fall, caused by an avalanche triggered by a party above. This is a little different from Bachar, in that it falls more under "objective danger."

    Also, regarding Lacelle's rep as a solo climber, the Times article does mention that he had a partner at the time. Article does not make clear whether Lacelle was roped or unroped at the time.

    TCD

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    It's also important to note that he wasn't climbing at the time he was killed. he was hiking in a steep gulley above a cliff. The avalanche itself was rather small, and it just swept him off his feet and over the edge. If not for the cliff, he probably would have been ok.
    bummer.

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    Guy was a brilliant climber. I remember being awed by his solo exploits 20 years ago.

    His death is probably equivalent to a professional Indy driver being killed in a car wreck on his way to pick up groceries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chugach001 View Post
    His death is probably equivalent to a professional Indy driver being killed in a car wreck on his way to pick up groceries.
    From http://bozemandailychronicle.com/art...ews/000avy.txt
    "He was climbing up a small gully and a team above him triggered a small avalanche," Doug Chabot, director of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center, said. "He wasn't swinging the tools when it happened, it was just an avalanche. A small pocket of snow pulled out and caught him. It hit him and took him off the cliff, down the ice."
    Even though he may not have been executing a technical move at the time, he was in an exposed approach/linking/exit gully in a climbing area. As any climber knows, such spots can have many of the same risks as actually climbing. And clearly risk plus a bit of bad luck caught up to him that day.

    Still tragic either way.

    RIP.

    Doug

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    Assessment on the accident:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1yaiLI5LXc


    A lot of climber losses this year. Very sad. RIP Guy.
    Doug

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