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World-Class Ice Climber Guy Lacelle Killed in Avalanche

Posted on: December 14th, 2009 by Erik Lambert

The climbing community has felt the need to band together in loss too many times this year, in ways only fellow climbers can understand. Continuing a string of tragedies, Canadian ice climber Guy Lacelle was killed in an avalanche last Thursday during the Bozeman Ice Festival. Lacelle and a partner were climbing in Hyalite Canyon, MT, participating in the Ice Breaker competition, when a party above triggered a small avalanche that pulled him off the cliff and down the ice.

As written by the Petzl Crew, of which Guy was a part, “Guy was one of the leading ice climbers in North America, responsible for many bold solo ascents in his home country of Canada and elsewhere. He was a regular at many major ice climbing events and was still pushing the limits of ice climbing until the day he died at the age of 54.” Read more of the Petzl Crew’s blog tribute, including photos and videos, here.

For more details on the accident, please read the article in last Friday’s Bozeman Daily Chronicle here.

Climbing Magazine also posted information including links to a 2008 Alpinist interview with Lacelle.

Doug Chabot, AAC member and avalanche expert, analyzed the slide and conditions in the video below, via AvalancheGuys:

Our sympathies and thoughts go to Guy’s family and climbing partners today and in the weeks ahead.

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