Three world-class climbers presumed dead in Canadian avalanche

Hansjörg Auer in a bivy at around 6,200 meters on Lupghar Sar

Hansjörg Auer in a bivy at around 6,200 meters on Lupghar Sar

In a continuation of what has already been a tragic week in the outdoor-sports world, Parks Canada is reporting that a trio of climbers are missing and presumed dead following an avalanche on Howse Peak.

Parks Canada's mountain safety team responded by helicopter early Wednesday after the climbers were reported missing. They are all presumed dead, CNN reported.

Recovery efforts were on hold because of a continued risk of avalanches, officials said. According to Parks Canada, the avalanche is expected to continue, due to precipitation and strong winds.

But he called the three men well-equipped, and among the top one percent of mountaineers worldwide.

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Parks Canada says the three are considered professional mountain athletes and highly experienced.

The three climbers went missing when they were attempting to scale the east side of Howse Peak, which Parks Canada described as a "remote and an exceptionally hard objective, with mixed rock and ice routes requiring advanced alpine mountaineering skills". John Roskelley's hands were frozen to the point where, for a time, he couldn't feel them, he recalled in an essay about the climb, contained in an anthology he authored.

The North Face also posted an update on the three climbers on its website, and said it's waiting for more information from the search operation.

John Roskelley had climbed the 10,810-foot Howse Peak, via a different route, in the 1970s and is said to know the area well. "We are doing everything we can to support their families, friends and the climbing community during this hard time". David Lama dedicated his life to the sport of climbing from childhood and was able to achieve a number of extraordinary accomplishments in mountaineering.

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Auer, 35, grew up in Austria, where he and his brothers would often guide sheep from the family farm into the mountains, his bio says. "It's awful for my wife and I. But it's even worse for his wife".

Routen called him a courageous and a technically skilled alpinist who often climbed hard routes on his own.

At the time he was the youngest American to reach the world's highest peak. Jess' father alerted Canada's parks service who set out to find them.

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