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AAC Member Heidi Kloos Perishes in Avalanche

Posted on: April 5th, 2010 by Erik Lambert

Heidi Kloos at White Rocks High Camp, Aconcagua, Argentina. Kloos, an elite guide, was killed on Tuesday in an avalanche outside of Ridgway. Photo by Drew Ludwig.

RIDGWAY , Colo. — Experienced alpine guide Heidi Kloos, 41, died in an avalanche on Tuesday, March 30, 2010. It is believed that Kloos was ascending on skis to a remote ice climb on Mt. Baldy in the Cimarron Mountains east of Ridgway, Colorado, when a slide released from above the cliff, burying Kloos beneath several feet of snow. Wednesday morning, friends alerted Search and Rescue, who found her dog, her backpack and one ski at the site. The body was recovered on the afternoon of Thursday, April 1.

Kloos’ death comes as a surprise because of her reputedly conservative approach to traveling in avalanche terrain. “She would turn back sooner than anyone I know, when she considered the avalanche danger to be too high,” said close friend and ski partner Debbie Wheeler. It is believed that unseasonably warm temperatures caused the north-facing slope to avalanche. Read the rest of the story here.

- Excerpt of Kloos’ obituary, written by Michael Baudin and Christina Callicott

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