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eBuzz: Second avvy victim identified
JACKSON HOLE, WYO – JH Weekly has learned the identity of the victim of an avalanche that occurred in Grand Teton National Park on Sunday afternoon. Nick Gillespie, 30, was with three other skiers when a minor slide was triggered sometime around 5 p.m. Gillespie was the only fatality.
Members of the Gillespie’s party climbed Forellen Peak to the south in order to obtain a cell phone signal and made a call at about 9 p.m. Survivors spent the night with Gillespie’s body.
Four park rangers were dispatched to the site at 11 a.m. today, according to park spokesperson Jackie Skaggs. They were able to evacuate two skiers until weather moved in and grounded helivac operations. Currently, one remaining skier, two park rangers, and Gillespie’s body remain in a remote area of Berry Creek approximately six miles west of the northern portion of Jackson Lake.
Gillespie was a seasonal member of GTNP’s summer trail crew. He was unmarried.
Nick was my sons roomate. I’ve never meet anyone that had a heart of gold like Nick. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. My thoughts and prayers are with Nicks family, along with all the others that loved him.
Mike & Gwen Walters
Nick was always full of love and life. He lived his life like we all should. My love to Alison, Jim, Nick and Heidi.
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