Well-known ski mountaineer Kip Garre, along with his girlfriend Allison Kreutzen, were killed in an avalanche near Lone Pine, Calif. on Tuesday, April 26. Their bodies were found Thursday in a search and rescue mission after friends became alarmed that they had not heard from the pair, who had set out three days ago to ski the Split Couloir in the eastern Sierra.
Garre was 38. Originally from New Hampshire, he was based in Squaw Valley and worked as a guide at Points North Heli-Adventures in Cordova, Alaska. He was also an athlete for K2 and Mountain Hardwear and traveled the world climbing and skiing remote peaks.
Garre's friends drove to the trailhead from Tahoe to assist in the search and rescue operation on Thursday. Robb Gaffney, one of Garre and Kreutzen's friends, told Powdermag.com about the recovery mission: "It appeared that they were probably climbing the couloir when the avalanche hit from above, and it looked like a pretty powerful avalanche. Each of them was partially buried -- Kip a little bit more so, while Allison had been ejected to the side.