Skier Dies in the Apocalypse Couloir

A skier fell to his death in the Apocalypse Couloir at Grand Teton National Park, rangers said. Radcliff Spencer, a 27-year-old skier from Jackson, Wyoming, fell in Death Canyon on Sunday, Feb. 13, the National Park Service said.

A climber in the canyon reported seeing Spencer fall in the Apocalypse Couloir. Skiers and snowboarders describe the couloir as a “highly technical and dangerous” gully in the national park. Park rangers and rescuers rushed to help Spencer, but resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful.

The Apocalypse Couloir is a well known extreme ski mountaineering descent, it’s very technical and dangerous.

Spencer died from his injuries. “The remains of the deceased were flown from the backcountry and transferred to the Teton County Coroner,” park rangers said in a news release. “The four remaining members of Spencer’s party were transported out of the canyon via helicopter.”

The avalanche danger was considered low near Grand Teton on Feb. 13, according to the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center. Rangers did not say how Spencer fell however there is potential for an accident.

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Source: The Telegeaph