Allison Roskelley – Jess Roskelley wife: Jess’ father has given update on how his family is reacting to news that Jess Roskelley may be dead.
Jess Roskelley wife Allison Roskelley: Jess’ father gives update on wife
Jess Roskelley, David Lama and Hansjörg Auer, three world-class mountaineers were presumed dead on Thursday after they attempted to climb a difficult route on east face of Howse Peak on the Icefields Parkway on Wednesday only to face an avalanche in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
An avalanche swept over the climbing trio in the Canadian Rockies.
36-year-old Jess Roskelley had told his father, John Roskelley, that he would check in Tuesday night.
He never called.
Jess’ father, John Roskelley, called Parks Canada on Wednesday morning. Canadian authorities searched the area by helicopter and saw avalanche debris, climbing gear and one partially buried body.
In a news release, Parks Canada said the three climbers were presumed dead after helicopter crews saw “signs of multiple avalanches and debris containing climbing equipment.”
Recovery efforts for David Lama and Hansjörg Auer, who are renowned Austrian climbers, alongside Jess Roskelley, American alpinist are on hold because of a continued risk of avalanches.
A sponsor of all three men, the apparel company The North Face, said on Thursday that they were presumed dead.
Reacting to the news, Roskelley’s father, John Roskelley, who himself is a world-renowned climber with many notable ascents in Nepal and Pakistan, told the Spokesman-Review:
“When you’re climbing mountains, danger is not too far away … It’s terrible for my wife and I. But it’s even worse for his wife (Jess Roskelley wife, Allison Roskelley).”
Describing the route his son and the other climbers were attempting to climb as being first done in 2000, John continued:
“It’s just one of those routes where you have to have the right conditions or it turns into a nightmare. This is one of those trips where it turned into a nightmare.”
On Thursday, John was preparing to go to Canada to gather Jess Roskelley’s belongings and see if he could get into the area.
“It’s in an area above a basin,” he said. “There must have been a lot of snow that came down and got them off the face.”
Jess Roskelley was named the second-most adventurous person in the world by Men’s Journal back in May 2018.
Jess and his wife, Allison Roskelley once climbed the classic Bridal Veil Falls in Telluride, Colorado. They share a passion for the mountains and the backcountry.