On March 11, 2019 a professionally guided group was hit by a size 2.5 avalanche at the base of an ice climb in Field, BC; burying two clients.
Initially referred to as an 'act of God' because snow from an avalanche 'would never reach the base of the climb', the guides responsible have yet to author a truthful report.
With this website, I am committed to providing a truthful and transparent personal account of the mountain tragedy and aftermath that occurred when six ice climbers were hit by an avalanche on March 11, 2019. With the sincerest hope that the community of recreational ice climbers, along with the professional guiding community, may take lessons from this experience.
And may those lessons learned, become lives saved.
I extend my continued sympathies to the family and friends of Sonja Johnson Findlater, she was loved by all. I am thankful for the efforts of my party to dig Sonja from the snow and to provide continuing CPR in the hopes of a full recovery. With her passing, Sonja was able to give a new lease on life to five people through organ donation. I am grateful for Parks Canada Visitor Safety Specialists who risk their lives to assist others on what will likely become their worst day in the mountains. And above all I am indebted to those who have held me close in the dark days following the aftermath of the avalanche on Massey’s.