We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our team members, Luca Chiarabini. We were informed by a close friend, that Luca passed away on a personal trip this past week. Luca was a great friend, and he always made any day more interesting. He had an amazing passion for exploration. His mind was a wealth of knowledge for both caves and canyons. He was always willing to help others. We will miss him dearly.
The team spent the day after the MRA re-accreditation in the mountains practicing their winter alpine travel skills. Crucial to safe travel are roped travel, ice axe arrest, avalanche beacon search, and snow anchor construction. This year is a great snow year, so it was easy to find a suitable slope.
Somebody reported a car that had been dumped in a mine and set afire. We were called to check the site for anything that somebody may have been trying to hide and to attempt to identify the car. As you can see, this car had been there a while.