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Thursday, February 28, 2008

When Snowboarders Disappear

posted by on February 28 at 15:47 PM


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.

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Posted by Mr. Poe | February 28, 2008 4:12 PM

this year didn't fuck around - everyone who was out in those storms was consciously taking an irresponsible risk. even those who made it back home that day. no turns are worth your life.

Posted by max solomon | February 28, 2008 4:25 PM

"no turns are worth your life."

Speak for yourself, bro.

Posted by Bison | February 28, 2008 5:57 PM

In respect for the dead, there will be no mention enormous penis!!!

Posted by Christopher Frizzelle's Enormous Penis | February 28, 2008 9:56 PM

Big ups to Courtney Nash! She is one kick ass lady. EBX isn't too shabby either.

Posted by drew | February 28, 2008 11:50 PM

@5 -- yeah, but I don't know about that AM Gong Show they hang with...buncha bong-tokin' moonshinin' merry-makers.

Posted by johnny pipes | February 29, 2008 9:39 AM

what is so sad about two idiots snowboarding where they shouldn't have been? every time a snowboarder dies, paris hilton gets another pair of colored tights.

Posted by emily | February 29, 2008 11:02 AM

Don't you winter sport people have access to tracking devices or some such technology?

Posted by Stolia | February 29, 2008 12:16 PM

@8: That's right, Stolia! All us winter sports peoples need to do is plunk down $200 at REI for an avy beacon and we're all set! See you in the backcountry!

Seriously, dude -- technology doesn't really mean shit. I think it was Paul Baugher who called beacons, "body recovery devices."

Posted by Ride With Your Head | February 29, 2008 12:55 PM

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