For the Love of Climbing

For the Love of Climbing

27: A Splash in the Pan

June 01, 2021

On April 16th, 2019, elite climbers Jess Roskelley, David Lama, and Hansjörg Auer lost their lives in an avalanche climbing Howse Peak in Alberta’s BANFF National Park. The margin of error for alpinism is unnervingly thin, and the truth of it all is that you are not in control—the mountain is. And it took losing Jordan’s brother, Jess, to learn this unforgiving lesson.

"And even when I was close to defeat, I rose to my feet, my life a soundtrack, I rose to the beat." -Dr. Dre

This episode is in honor of Jess Roskelley and the Roskelley family, David Lama, and Hansjörg Auer. For the Love of Climbing is brought to you by Deuter USAGnarly NutritionAllez OutdoorsFirst Ascent Coffee, and presented by Patagonia.

Music by: Kakurenbo and Podington Bear. A HUGE thank you to Chad Crouch for creating absolute magic and to Peter Darmi for mixing this episode.

Cover photo by Kika MacFarlane.

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