January 21, 2016

CB Local Caught in Mt. Ruby Avalanche – CBAC Photos


Preliminary reports are not good regarding an avalanche that took place around 2:00 PM today, January 21st, 2016.  A snowmobiler was caught in a large slide in the Lake Irwin area under Mt. Ruby.  A local man, known as B-Rad, real name Daniel Sethness, was caught in the slide while snowmobiling under the slope. A response was initiated by Irwin Guides as the avalanche was witnessed from their operation.  The victim required resuscitation and was evacuated to the Kebler trailhead and transported to Gunnison Valley Hospital.  Our thoughts our with the victim, family, friends, and the professional response from all involved.  Below are photos posted from the Crested Butte Avalanche Center Facebook Page and the initial press release from the Mt. Crested Butte Police Department.  We will share more information as it becomes available.  Please stay safe out there, friends.  This slide was a persistent slab triggered below the slope at treeline on an E/NE aspect.

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2. Will Dujardin
Will Dujardin is our content editor at West Elk Project. He competes in big mountain competitions and coaches the Crested Butte Mountain Sports Team. Skiing is his life and he likes to mix it with other fun things like DH mountain biking and traveling.