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January 25, 2008

Hi Folks,

As many of you may have heard, an accident took place on Mt. Washington in Huntington Ravine on Friday, January 18th. Unfortunately it took the the life of Peter Roux, 39, of Bartlett, Tennessee. Roux had gone up to solo Odell Gully that morning and was reported by a close friend as being overdue early that evening. An initial search of the ravine access routes later that evening failed to find him and, due to avalanche danger, search teams did not enter the ravine until around sunrise the next morning. Unfortunately his body was discovered atop avalanche debris at the base of the gully.

I was going to comment on this incident, but based on the thread on the topic in the forum and the well reasoned and detailed analysis of the incident on the Forest Service site (, I have decided to forgo this one. The only comment I have is one of my deepest sympathy to his family and close friends. May he rest in peace...

Thanks to the Forest Service personnel, the MWV Mountain Rescue Service, Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue, the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Harvard Mountaineering Club and the Mount Washington Observatory for assistance in handling this tragic incident.
While the ice right now is not as good as it would be if we hadn't gotten the week-long thaw, we're better off than we were last year at this time. Here are some comparison shots from last season and this:

Dracula 1/18/2007
Dracula 1/25/2008
Great Madness 1/18/2007
Great Madness 1/25/2008
Penguin 1/18/2007
Penguin 1/25/2008
Standard Left 1/18/2007
Standard Left 1/25/2008

Here are a few other unusual shots from Thursday. More normal ones are on the full Ice Report page...

Upper Mordor Wall
Texaco Amphitheater
Upper Hitchcock Right
The Way In The Wilderness

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North Conway, New Hampshire

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