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The Today File

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October 1, 2014 at 7:48 AM

Avalanche kills professional climber Liz Daley of Tacoma

Liz Daley (left) on Mt. Shuksan. (Photo courtesy of Dunham Gooding)

Liz Daley, right,  on Mount Shuksan. (Photo courtesy of Dunham Gooding)

Update at 9:15 p.m..: The American Alpine Institute provided more details Wednesday afternoon about the avalanche that killed Liz Daley earlier this week.

Daley was doing a solo snowboard descent of a steep gully while being filmed from below, according to Institute President Dunham Gooding. The snow pack appeared to be stable, but her descent triggered an avalanche, which swept her into a crevasse.

She was on a ski mountaineering expedition with three other members of Eddie Bauer’s snow sports team and two production crew members, according to a statement from Eddie Bauer, one of her sponsors.

“Liz was an accomplished splitboarder, alpine climber and mountain guide who was born and raised in Washington,” Eddie Bauer said in a statement. “She was a beloved member of our snow sports team and will be sorely missed by all those who knew her.”

Original post: Liz Daley, a professional climber, extreme snowboarder and highly regarded guide from Tacoma, died in an avalanche Monday in Patagonia, according to a news release from the American Alpine Institute.

Details of the accident were not yet available, but Daley is reported to have been snowboarding on slopes above Laguna del Desierto about 15 miles north of Fitzroy in southern Argentine Patagonia. When she last wrote she said the weather and conditions were both great, according to the release.

Daley guided mountaineering, ice climbing, and back-country splitboarding in the North Cascades of Washington, rock climbing in Red Rock, Nev., and expeditions on Mount  McKinley, Alaska.   She was a sponsored athlete for Patagonia, Jones Snowboards, and most recently for Eddie Bauer for whom she was on assignment in Patagonia, the release stated. She pursued extreme splitboarding in the North Cascades, in Alaska, and in Chamonix, France, where she spent part of every winter.

 

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