The bodies of the three world-famous mountain climbers who have been missing since Tuesday have been found on Sunday, reports the Canadian National Parks Agency.
The three climbers, the American Jess Roskelley (36) and the Austrians Hansjörg Auer (35) and David Lama (28) disappeared in an attempt to climb a difficult peak in Banff National Park (Alberta), the eastern face of the Howse Pass (3296 meters high). They were probably surprised by an avalanche.
The three were known as very professional and experienced climbers, who, according to experts, belonged to the top of their generation.
“On Sunday, April 21, the bodies of three climbers were traced,” states Parks Canada’s statement, which at the same time expresses its condolences to the families of the victims. “We also want to acknowledge the significant impact this event has on the very close community of climbers, locally and internationally,” the statement said.
Search under dangerous conditions
On the day after the three athletes disappeared, the authorities had already attempted to trace the three with helicopters from the air, but the search had to be stopped due to the danger of new avalanches and the dangerous circumstances.
The American Jess Roskelley was the son of John Roskelley, who himself was also regarded as one of the best mountain climbers of his generation. John Roskelley climbed Mount Everest in 2003 with his son Jess, who was only 20 years old at the time, making him the youngest climber reaching the top of the Mount Everest. In the seventies of the last century, John Roskelley once conquered the mountain that his son wanted to climb, though that was via a different route. “The route they wanted to take is one that you have to take in good conditions. If that is not the case, it can easily become a nightmare. That has now happened,” he told AP.
The parents of the Austrian climber David Lama said that their son “lived his dream”. “David devoted his life to the mountains and his passion for climbing and mountaineering formed our family,” Claudia and Rinzi Lama wrote in a statement on their son’s website. “He always followed his own path and that is why we will accept what has happened now.”
The family expressed gratitude for the support it received “from far and wide” and asked that their son be remembered “for his zest for life and enthusiasm.”