1970–2015

Mark Sa­lesse On Wed. Feb. 11,

Gripped - - OBITUARY - BP

Parks Canada Vis­i­tor Safety spe­cial­ists re­cov­ered Mark Sa­lesse’s body from un­der nearly three me­tres of snow. The snow had ac­cu­mu­lated from snow­fall and avalanches af­ter Sa­lesse was swept over a 60- me­tre pitch of ice in a small avalanche on Feb. 5. The avalanche was tr ig­gered by an­other climber who was part of a four-per­son team, in­clud­ing Sa­lesse, who were climb­ing the ice climb Po­lar Cir­cus. It is com­mon for climbers to un-rope for the easy ter­rain be­tween the lower and up­per ice pitches. Sa­lesse died on the 33rd an­niver­sary of John Lauch­lan’s death. Lauch­lan died at the same spot af­ter be­ing taken over the same pitch of ice by an avalanche. Sa­lesse was from Bathurst, N.B. and was a search and res­cue tech­ni­cian from 17 Wing in Win­nipeg. He was on a train­ing ex­er­cise with three other mem­bers of the 435 Trans­port and Res­cue Squadron at the time of the avalanche. Our con­do­lences to Sa­lesse’s fr iends and fam­ily.–

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