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Monday, June 23, 2008

Three Bodies Removed from Crystal Mountain

posted by on June 23 at 10:10 AM


KIRO (which provided the image above) has the story:

Three bodies have been removed from the Crystal Mountain area near Mount Rainier. The three Seattle-area men apparently died in an avalanche while snowboarding in December. Friends resumed the search after snow melted and found the bodies Saturday. They were removed Sunday by airlift. The three men were 26-year-old Kevin Carter, 29-year-old Devlin Williams, and 41-year-old Phillip Hollins.

Here’s Courtney Nash’s February Stranger feature on the missing men (and the lure of the avalanche-prone backcountry).

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That's it- we need to ban snowboarding.

Posted by UNPAID BLOGGER | June 23, 2008 10:11 AM

Is it Saturday again?

Posted by um | June 23, 2008 10:15 AM

they didn't die while snowboarding. they were all found huddled in the tent.

Posted by ellarosa | June 23, 2008 10:18 AM

I want to see pictures of the bodies and the tent. Were they all bloated up or were they like more like mummies. Had animals gotton to them and chewed the guys faces up a little bit?

It would be cool to see.

Posted by ecce homo | June 23, 2008 10:40 AM

@ #4-Hey ecce, FUCK YOU.

I was a member of the party that located and brought these gentlemen home. We were not SAR, Sheriff's, or affiliated with any formal organization. Just back country riders who felt a kinship with these men and wanted to bring them home so their families could begin the long process of closure.

These men inspired their friends and family to continue searching for them until they were located and brought home. I doubt that you would inspire the same loyalty in your loved one's, at least based on the persona you display in your comments.

That said, you're a example of why the internet sucks. Those who know or represent the least can only contribute by upping the shock value to the nth degree

So go ahead, talk shit and raise the level of white noise in the public discourse. Just know that while you are wasting your life doing so, others are out living it.

In case I haven't fully articulated my point, you pissed me off. Going to the next Slog Happy Hour?

Posted by Randy Beaver | June 23, 2008 11:20 AM

dont feed the trolls

Posted by zoo keeper | June 23, 2008 11:28 AM

trolls gonna get fed a size 12 mountaineering boot

Posted by randy beaver | June 23, 2008 11:40 AM

Sorry, Randy, that you had to read that. But good on you for helping to find those guys, and bringing 'em home.

Posted by Dan Savage | June 23, 2008 12:03 PM

Hey Randy -- Your work means a lot to the friends and family. It also means a lot to the local backcountry community.

Ride hard and come home safe!

Posted by Thanks Bro | June 23, 2008 12:22 PM

Oh boo hoo...

They were a couple of freaking messengers who didn't do enough prep. Where were their avalanche beacons? Why were they up there? They knew it was high peak danger. They were snowboarders, not gentlemen. You wanna bet that there corpses were found huddled around a bong, or some other smoking apparatus? Maybe it was worse, maybe they were tripping.

Either way, good riddance. A case of natural selection at work. One less "messenger" acting stupid.

Posted by ecce homo | June 23, 2008 1:28 PM

Just thinning the herd, thinning the herd!

Posted by HA HA !!! | June 23, 2008 1:57 PM


Posted by Vince | June 23, 2008 3:07 PM

Remember when Sir Edmund Hillary ascended the peak in the Himalayas?

He didn't have no frickin transponder. No avalanche beacon. No heated suit.

Yeah, gentlemen.

Deal with it.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 23, 2008 4:41 PM


Why were they up there?

You tell 'em! They should've been locked up in a dark apartment trolling the Slog and whacking off to the LoveLab like all the sophisticated peeps...

Posted by yeech homo | June 23, 2008 4:48 PM

I am a friend of the Mother of Phillip Hollins. I also knew Phillip, although not as well as I would have liked. His smile and zeal for life was infectious. We are the same age and I had always thought to need to get to know this quality man better.

Now, although I will never have the pleasure, I can't help but feel that we all have a better understanding of loyalty, friendship and kindness because of these men.

Phillips' mother Sally I know is having a difficult time once again; but in a few days or perhaps weeks, she will sleep soundly once again. And I remind her that the kind, quietly spiritul man she raised will forever more be a part of our collective conciousness. Phillip showed us how to live a life of honor and adventure and now, he teaches us that how we treat others and live each day will determine our legacy.

Thank you all.

Posted by Al Mayo | June 26, 2008 9:08 PM

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