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Apr 20, 2009
Does anyone have any info regarding the fatality on Mt. Olympus on Saturday? From a photo on the Deseret News website it looked like they may have been in the West Slab area, or maybe North's Fork. Anyone know anything about this?

John Evans
Joined May 23, 2006
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Apr 21, 2009
There's a bit more information, but not a lot, here:
Joined Nov 1, 2006
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Apr 21, 2009
Rock Climbing Photo: Stairway To Heaven - all the way to the Pearly Gat...
byates - over on summit post says...
"Got brief info from a S&R friend, they were exiting the area known as the Hidden couloir near the traverse westward to the west ridge of the north peak, most of that route is not overly exposed except for the final couple hundred yards that are easy dry but I recall were spooky with 8 or so new inches of new Oct snow."

So if this was the case - the "Hidden Couloir" is what I have called for years as the Reese Couloir as Rick Reese did the climb years ago with AlpinBock boys.

I run up this couloir every year sometime in May when it is prime condition. I always go with an ice axe though rarely with crampons. There are certainly places as noted above that would result in a ride down the face. So if the above is accurate I can imagine several places where this could have happened. At this point I have say this was not the best choice of places to be with a dog and without gear.
Allen Sanderson
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