NSR members responded to call for help from 2 stranded snowshoers who’s friend had fallen. On arrival the 2 stranded snowshoers were rescued via helicopter, while the fallen snowshoer was attended to by NSR medical personnel. Sadly the fallen snowshoer succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

This incident prompts warning about snowshoing in icy conditions. Make sure you have proper gear for the conditions. If it’s icy, this gear should include crampons, ice axe, helmets and ropes. Snowshoe cleats (crampons) are not sufficient in icy conditions, they are not aggressive enough and if you fall your chances of self arresting are greatly reduced. Please read below articles for more information on the incident.

North Shore News – Hiker Dies in Snowshoe Mishap
http://www2.canada.com/northshorenews/news/story.html?id=cf691862-0525-4e93-b318-cee84613274e

North Shore Outlook – Icy Danger Zone
http://www.bclocalnews.com/greater_vancouver/northshoreoutlook/news/78893507.html?period=W&mpStartDate=12-02-2009&

The Vancouver Sun – British long distance runner killed snowshoeing on Vancouver mountain
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Snowshoer+death+prompts+warning+from+North+Shore+Rescue/2310133/story.html

The Province – Snowshoes ‘just become a surfboard’ on icy North Shore terrain
http://www.theprovince.com/travel/Snowshoes+just+become+surfboard+North+Shore+terrain/2316344/story.html