The 26-year-old from Santa Cruz was on the final rappel, after a successful ascent of the mountain, when rockfall struck him.
He was the best alpinist of his generation, a quiet, unassuming Canadian known for bold ascents of some of the world’s most iconic peaks. At the age of 25, he traveled to Alaska to join climber Ryan Johnson for a first ascent outside Juneau. They never came back, and a frantic nine-day search left more questions than answers.
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An avalanche in the Upper Susa Valley took the lives of the two Italian alpinists.
An apparent slip while approaching a cliff led to a fatal fall for the young French climber.
Respected Italian alpinist Matteo Bernasconi—known for difficult ascents in Patagonia—died in an avalanche while ski mountaineering in Northern Italy.
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Smythe fell 1,500 feet after a ledge collapsed and severed his rope.