An avalanche that swept the Sickle Couloir on Mount Moran on Sunday morning has killed one and left two injured.
Luke Lynch, 38, a Jackson resident and the Wyoming director of the Conservation Fund was killed when his climbing party was swept up in an avalanche in the steep and rugged terrain. Also in the group were Jackson Hole residents Zahan Billimoria, 37; Stephen P. Adamson Jr., 42; and Brook Yeomans, 37.
Adamson, critically injured in the avalanche, was flown from the mountain to Jackson Hole Airport and from there to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.
Yeomans was also injured, but not so seriously.
Billimoria was uninjured and was able to aid his companions until Grand Teton National Park rangers could arrive. Because of hang fire and continued avalanche activity Billimoria dragged his friends out of the slide path.
It is being reported that a wet slide avalanche was released above the group and carried the men 500 feet over ice and rock before the avalanche came to a stop. Park rangers got the call at about 9:30 a.m. and had the first rescuer on scene by late morning.
Images of Sickle Couloir from Tetonat.com
Mount Moran rises to 12,605 feet and is located north of the better known Grand Teton and its mates in the Cathedral Group. Sickle Couloir is a narrow 45 degree 3,100-foot chute. It was first skied in 2000.