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Date: 2014-12-31
Submitted By: AAA
Place: Bakerville, Mt. Kelso, Stevens Gulch
State: CO
Country: USA
Fatalities: 1
Summary: 1 climber caught, buried and killed

An ad hoc group of 3 peak climbers (originally 2 and joined by a 3rd on the trail) were following the popular summer trail to Grays and Torreys Peaks, a pair of popular 14,000-foot peaks west of Denver. The 3 were following skin tracks put in earlier in the morning. "At least 5 people" had crossed the suspect slope before the arrival of the climbers. The 3 were uncomfortable with the crossing but decided to crossed anyways. The second person -- on snow shoes and carrying a heavy pack -- to cross triggered and was buried in a small-sized hard slab avalanche. The victim was located by an avalanche transceiver and uncovered within 20 minutes but rescue came too late.

The accident occurred in the same spot as a fatal accident in December 2005:

Media Report:

Official Report: Final report from the CAIC:

Posted: 1/1/2015 at 0600.

Updated: 1/21/2015 at 1130 with link to CAIC's final report.