An avalanche in Grand Teton National Park has claimed the life of snowboard mountaineer Jarad Spackman.
Spackman, a well-known Teton County resident and realtor, was caught while ascending the Apocalypse Couloir near the mouth of Death Canyon. He was carried approximately 1,000 feet, and his partner was unable to revive him, according to a park release. He was 40 years old.
The full press release follows after the jump.
Spackman was an experienced mountaineer who notched dozens of difficult descents throughout the Teton Range in the last 10 to 15 years. Only two weeks ago he explored a new route in the same area of Death Canyon with his brother, Brandon, and writer Christian Beckwith, who chronicled the experience.
This horrific news leaves many of us numb right now. My deepest condolences go out to Jarad’s family and friends.