Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Climber on Little Bear presumed dead

20-year-old University of Norther Colorado Student Lygon Stevens is presumed dead after an avalanche on the southwest face of Little Bear Peak on Thursday swept her away as she hiked with her brother, Nick.

Nick Stevens, 23, survived, stumbled down the mountain and called authorities when he got cell-phone reception shortly before 9 a.m. Friday.

Authorities searched with ground crews and helicopters but called off the search Saturday due to the increasingly dangerous weather conditions and the presumption that Lygon Stevens had died.

Lygon Stevens and her brother scaled several mountain peaks including the tallest in North America, Mount McKinley in Alaska.


Teleken said...

Bad year for snow conditions. Another sad ending but looking at the picture all I can say is sketchy place to be considering the conditions.

bill_brown_cmc said...

Was talking with Scott of CAIC last evening. He had been helicoptered in to the site to do a preliminary survey. He confirmed that search and recovery would be complicated and possibly impractical given current conditions...a very sad situation.
Sidebar: I'm glad to know someone else still uses the correct official name, Mt McKinley, instead of the politically correct but inaccurate, Denali, which is the name of the region and the park but not the mountain.

Dave Philipps said...

The news paper is all about retaining dead white man titles on things.

Teleken said...

Tru dat Dave maybe because it is always run by future dead white men!!

Zen said...

While the US Board of Geographic Names lists the peak as "Mount McKinley", the Alaska Board of Geographic Names officially lists the peak as "Denali", having renamed the mountain the same year "Mount McKinley NP" was renamed "Denali NP and Preserve" in 1980.

Prior to William Dickey's naming the peak "Mount McKinley" around the end of the 19th century, it had long been called "Denali" (which means the high one) in the native Athabascan language.

So "inaccurate" is most definitely a subjective term here.

I for one call it "mountain I will never climb".