MOUNT WASHINGTON, N.H. (AP) — Authorities say a New York ice climber is dead after being swept by an avalanche 1,000 feet down a portion of New Hampshire’s Mount Washington.
White Mountains National Forest officials say 24-year-old James Watts was killed Friday in Huntington Ravine while solo ice climbing on Pinnacle Gully in Mount Washington’s Huntington Ravine. Officials say Watts was climbing without ropes and alone when the avalanche was triggered, carrying him out of the gully. Officials did not have Watts’ hometown.
At about 3 p.m., a hiker discovered the body more than 1,000 feet below the gully and called 911. The hiker, an emergency room physician, checked for vital signs and found none.
U.S. Forest Service officials say the White Mountains contain many winter hazards, including avalanches, icefall, weather, unpredictable snow conditions and crevasses. Visitors can check for hazards on a website operated by the U.S. Forest Service, www.mountwashingtonavalanchecenter.org .