Fairbanks Man Dies In Avalanche Near Summit Lake In Eastern Alaska Range | 2nd Avalanche Fatality Near ‘Arctic Man’ Zone In April 2016
Hoodoo Mountains, Alaska – At approximately 12:10 PM on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 rescuers found the body of 38-year-old Russel Linzer from Fairbanks, Alaska buried under five to seven feet of snow with his snowmobile nearby.
The avalanche that killed Linzer occurred at approximately 7:45 PM on Monday, April 11, 2016 when a group of three snowmobilers were riding near Summit Lake en route to the Gulkana Glacier in the Hoodoo Mountains in the Eastern Alaska Range near Paxson, Alaska. This is close to the area where the Arctic Man Snowmachine Event was held last week and another avalanche killed a snowmobiler on April 3.
The snowmobilers were climbing a drainage, when the last member of the group did not reach the top, the other two returned to find avalanche debris. The other two snowmobilers could not locate Linzer and reported the accident to Alaska State Troopers. They believed that he was NOT wearing an avalanche beacon and that he was buried in the avalanche.
The closest responders were two hours away. Due to the time of day, current avalanche danger, and avalanche prone terrain, rescuers were unable to respond until Tuesday, April 12. Fort Greely Fire and Rescue, Delta Rescue, Valdez Avalanche Center, Wilderness Search and Rescue and PAWS K-9 search and rescue group responded. Linzer’s body was found by his friends who returned to the accident site the next day.
On April 3rd, 2016 a woman from North Pole, Alaska died in a snowmobile related avalanche accident near Summit Lake. According to AlaskaSnow.org, the snow conditions in this avalanche were similar – “hard windslab over facets 2-3′ deep.” During the Arctic Man snowmobile event last week, multiple avalanches were triggered.
We will try to update this post as more information becomes available.
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