Liz Daley dies in Avalanche in South America
It has been a tragic day for the snow sports community. Earlier today we heard the news of the tragic passing of ski icons J.P. Auclair and Andreas Fransson in an Avalanche in Chile. Then we received news via UnofficialNetworks.com that backcountry snowboarder Liz Daley, a professional climber, AMGA-certified mountain guide, and snowboarder from Tacoma, Washington, has been killed by an avalanche in the Argentine town of Chalten in a separate incident. Our thoughts go out to family and friends of Liz Daley.
We will try to update this News post as more information becomes available.
Liz Daley’s sponsor Eddie Bauer released the following statement late Tuesday.
We are deeply saddened to report that yesterday, an avalanche in the Fitz Roy Massif region outside of El Chaltén, Argentina, took the life of Liz Daley, a member of our Guide team.
Liz was on a ski mountaineering expedition with three other members of our snow sports team and two production crew members. The rest of the team is safe.
Liz was an accomplished splitboarder, alpine climber and mountain guide who was born and raised in Washington. She was a beloved member of our snow sports team and will be sorely missed by all those who knew her.
Here is a post from a couple days ago from Chile:
More on this story from rionegro.com below auto-translated from spanish.
“An experienced climber and snowboarder died after being swept away by an avalanche while snowboarding on a hill of the Santa Cruz village of El Chalten, rescuers confirmed today from the Relief Commission of the Andean Center.
The victim was identified as Elizabeth Devon Daley, 29, from Tacoma, Washington.
The American woman, known in her field as Liz Daley, had arrived in the country two weeks ago with a group of climbers who ascended the hill Vespignani, on the west side of Lago del Desierto. However, an avalanche caught close to 14 people yesterday when she was buried. Team members were able to locate and told Andino Centro El Chalten, but could do nothing to save her life.
The Vespignani hill is a mountain of 2,146 meters and one of the great tourist attractions for backcountry skiing and is part of the main packages for tourists visiting Santa Cruz Mountains.
Last night, rescuers, and police were able to recover the body of the woman and lowered to a health post. There the body was waiting for the provincial courts determine the reasons for the accident that occurred within the provincial reserve Lago del Desierto, then hand over the body to her family and to return to the United States. Daley, the group that accompanied her said she had been caught by the avalanche while snowboarding.
She had published last Sunday t his last pictures on the social network Instagram where she reported that “the weather and snow conditions are absolutely amazing here in Patagonia. Someone pinch me”.
The American sportswoman described herself as “snowboarder, splitboard mountaineer, climber, mountain guide and instructor” officially certified AMGA.
In addition, she had graduated in Environmental Education at home for her passion for the outdoors and mountaineering.”