Guy Lacelle Dies in Avalanche

by Jodi Hausen and Karin Ronnow Dec/2009
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World-class Canadian climber Guy Lacelle died in an avalanche Thursday morning while participating in an ice-climbing competition in Hyalite Canyon.

"He was climbing up a small gully and a team above him triggered a small avalanche," Doug Chabot, director of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center, said. "He wasn't swinging the tools when it happened, it was just an avalanche. A small pocket of snow pulled out and caught him. It hit him and took him off the cliff, down the ice."

Lacelle, 54, died of blunt-force trauma, Gallatin County Deputy Coroner Dan Springer said. The accident occurred near Grotto Falls between 9 and 10 a.m.

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