Wilderness When Snowboarders Disappear
posted by February 28 at 15:47 PMon
This week in The Stranger, Courtney Nash writes about the three snowboarders who disappeared a couple months ago in the Crystal Mountain backcountry.
On Friday, November 30, 2007, Kevin Carter, Devlin Williams, and Phillip Hollins—roommates and coworkers—set out for a weekend of backcountry snowboarding near the Crystal Mountain Ski Area. It was an adventure they’d been planning for months. After an uneventful November, the snow was suddenly falling heavily, and the Cascade Mountains were covered in fresh, untracked powder. During the summer and fall months, the men had built a lean-to shelter near Union Creek, a few miles southeast of the resort, and by all accounts that was their planned destination. But they never made it to the shelter and they never came home.
Nash talks to Joseph Schaaf, the last person to see the three of them alive. The photo above—taken by Sean Hallissey—is of a memorial someone’s put up on the ridgeline near where Schaaf saw them.