Detailed Accident Report
Submitted By: Garth Ferber; NWAC
Place: Easton Glacier, South side of Mount Baker
Summary: 1 snomobiler caught, buried, and killed. Missing hiker recovered.
It is unknown at this time if the hiker recovered in the media release below this report was an avalanche victim.
Date: 11 April 2001
Submitted by: Garth Ferber, Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center
Place: Mt Baker
Summary: 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, killed
The following is an initial report using information from Brandon
Weathermon, who was a member of the Search and Rescue party.
The victim was high marking a south facing slope at about 6600 feet
between 9 and 10 am. He triggered a 2 to 2.5 foot slab which was
estimated to be 1/3 miles wide, and ran about 700 vertical feet. This
slope may have been loaded by strong northeast winds, seen at weather
stations, earlier in the morning or the night before. At least 3 other
snowmobilers witnessed the avalanche. Other snowmobilers were in the
area, some of whom had beacons and probes. Apparently the victim's
snowmobile and helmet were found relatively soon in the debris. The
victim was not wearing a beacon.
Search and Rescue personnel arrived between 1 and 2 pm. The debris was
blocky, hard wind slab debris. By this time about 30 snowmobilers had
gathered, about half of whom had probes, beacons or shovels, but an
organized probe search had apparently not been performed.
A probe line was organized and the victim was found about 530 pm,
buried about 3-4 feet below the surface, at about 6200 feet. The body
was found directly below the last seen point, about 150' up the hill
from the victim's snowmobile.
Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center
Snowmobiler Dies, Hiker's Body Recovered
By KOMO Staff & News Services
April 12, 2001
WHATCOM COUNTY - A snowmobiler died Wednesday after being buried for several hours by an avalanche on Mount Baker, and search crews retrieved the body of a hiker reported missing on the mountain last month.
The snowmobiler, 31, of Everett, was trapped in the avalanche near Easton Glacier on the south side of the 10,775-foot mountain east of Bellingham. Three companion snowmobilers reported the man missing in the slide at about 10:30 a.m.
The Whatcom County Sheriffs Office and local search-and-rescue volunteers responded, and the man was pulled from under 6 feet of snow at about 5:30 p.m., deputy Scott Huso said. The man was flown to St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham, where he was pronounced dead.