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Date: 1999-01-27
Submitted By: WWAN
Place: Grouse Mountain, near Vancouver
State: BC
Country: CANADA
Fatalities: 1
Summary: 5 hikers caught, 4 injured, 1 missing and presumed dead

Man missing in Grouse Mountain avalanche

CBC News,Jan 27 1999

NORTH VANCOUVER - A 25-year-old man from Ontario is missing after an avalanche swept down Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver. Four others have been badly hurt in the snow slide.

Officials received a call from a hiker midway up the popular Grouse Grind trail on Wednesday afternoon.

Members of the Grouse Mountain Ski Patrol and North Shore Search and Rescue are searching for the missing man.. Their efforts

are being hampered by poor visibility.

Search for the body of missing hiker resumed today

CBC News, Feb 15 1999

VANCOUVER - For the first time since a deadly avalanche on Grouse Mountain three weeks ago, search and rescue crews spent the day looking for the body of Rory Manning.

Manning and four others were swept away January 27th while hiking the Grouse Grind. Manning is still missing and even with improved weather conditions the recovery mission is a challenge.

North shore search and rescue had a team of 26 people, including three avalanche dog teams scouring the Grind, looking for any trace of Rory Manning. Preparations had been in the works for 10 days and the most advanced technology had been brought in, including avalanche probes, metal detectors, and even radar.

But even the best equipment can't overcome unstable slopes and deep snow. Crews estimate the debris is as deep as 30 feet in some areas and the threat of avalanche still remains.

Another concern is that people are still venturing into the area. The Grind has been closed by the GVRD since the original avalanche but there's evidence that hikers are still crossing the boundaries.