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January 21, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Experienced outdoorsman, climber dies in climbing accident

A 52-year-old Mukilteo man died in a climbing accident in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest on Saturday. He has been identified as Franklin Bradshaw by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Bradshaw was climbing on Mount Lewis when he stepped out on a cornice, an overhanging edge of snow. The cornice collapsed and triggered an avalanche, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. Bradshaw’s body was recovered from the area Sunday.

Bradshaw was an experienced climber, according to Kurt Springman, who knew him for about eight years. He was very safety-conscious and trained in mountaineering safety.

“He wasn’t the type to take risks,” Springman said.

Bradshaw coached Springman’s daughters, along with 100 other kids, when they were on the Stevens Pass ski teams.

He was involved in multiple hiking and climbing organizations, said Springman, of Bellevue. He worked on course maintenance at the downhill-ski events at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler and planned to travel to Sochi, Russia, for the Olympics this year.

“He was one of those people who did more, more than anybody,” Springman said. “He was always off on some adventure. He was just tremendous.”

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