Monday, April 03, 2006

Legend Doug Coombs killed in a fall

Updated and edited (4-5-06)

I didn't believe it myself that the legend Doug Coombs had died in a fall earlier today but sadly it is true.

Doug was skiing a steep coulior in La Grave France when his skiing partner fell and was swept over a 600' cliff. While trying to inspect his partner's situation Doug himself fell off the same cliff.

He was one of the most prolific ski mountaineers of the past 10-15 years having pioneered lines in Alaska, the Tetons and Europe. He was an Exum Mountain Guide and most recently had guided ski descents of the Grand Teton.

Beyond that and perhaps foremost he was a loving father to his son David and a loving spouse to his wife Emily.

We'll miss you Doug.

Backcountry.com will be donating to the Doug Coombs Memorial Fund and urge you to do the same.

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