Five Killed in Loveland Pass Avalanche


On Saturday April 20th, a tragic slide took the lives of five snowboarders on Loveland Pass. Sunday the names of the victims were released, and according to the Denver Post the riders were out celebrating backcountry snowboarding as part of a fundraiser for the Colorado Avalanche Center. According to the article, those who lost their lives were:

* Chris Peters, 32, from Lakewood.

* Joe Timlin, a 32-year-old sales representative with Jones Snowboards from Gypsum and an organizer of the backcountry gathering.

* Ryan Novack, 33, of Boulder.

* Ian Lamphere, a 36-year-old skier from Crested Butte with an infant and fiancé. Lamphere founded the company Gecko Skins, which makes innovative climbing skins.

* Rick Gaukel, a 33-year-old American Mountain Guides Association-certified climbing guide with extensive avalanche education from Estes Park.

Avalanches are no laughing matter and taking things seriously is not really our specialty, but it’s always hard to hear about this stuff. As the backcountry gets seemingly closer and more accessible every year, please remember that it’s dangerous out there. The victims of Saturday’s slide we’re experienced and taking necessary precautions. Our hearts go out to their family, friends and the entire Colorado snowboard community.

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