It is with great regret that I report that ski mountaineer and Tahoe resident Kip Garre, and his girlfriend Allison Kreutzen, were recently killed on Spit Mountain in the Eastern Sierra outside of Bishop, CA. Reports indicate that the pair were caught in an avalanche and took a long fall in the Split Couloir. The pair were reportedly missing for two days before they were found by SAR and members of the Eastside community today.Â I met Kip both here in the Tetons and on the IceAxe trip to Antarctica last year. I also met and skied with Allison on one of my trips to the Sierra’s last year. Both were great people and fantastic skiers. Kip recently seemed to be emerging as the next big thing in the world of ski mountaineering and he will be greatly missed by many.Â My deepest condolences go out to Kip and Alison’s ‘s family and friends.
Split Coulior on Split Mountain in the Eastern Sierra.
Photo courtesy Sierra Ski Journal.
First skied by Glen Plake and Darren Johnson in 1990, the 2000′ Split Couloir was recently noted as one of the 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America. It is a steep, shaft-like couloir and is guarded at it’s base by a two icy cruxes that are typically rappelled or downclimbed on descent.