N.Y. ice climber dies in avalanche on Mount Washington
Authorities say a New York ice climber is dead after being swept by an avalanche 1,000 feet down a portion of Mount Washington.
White Mountain National Forest officials said 24-year-old James Watts was killed Friday while solo ice climbing on Pinnacle Gully in Huntington Ravine. Officials said Watts was climbing without ropes and alone when the avalanche was triggered, carrying him out of the gully. Officials did not have Watts’s hometown.
At about 3 p.m., a hiker discovered the body more than 1,000 feet below the gully and called 911. The hiker, an emergency room physician, checked for vital signs and found none.
National forest officials say the White Mountains contain many winter hazards, including avalanches, icefall, weather, snow and crevasses.