Three climbers presumed dead after avalanche in Banff National Park

David Lama seen on Stubai Glacier Austria

David Lama seen on Stubai Glacier Austria

National park staff flew over the area where they were climbing and saw evidence of "avalanches and debris containing climbing equipment".

The mountaineers, who have not been named, were attempting to climb the east face of Howse Peak at Banff National Park in Alberta on Tuesday but were reported overdue on Wednesday, Parks Canada said in a statement.

The company says renowned American alpinist Jess Roskelley and Austrian climbers David Lama and Hansjörg Auer are missing.

Three world-renowned climbers are missing and presumed dead after an avalanche in Alberta's Banff National Park.

One of the men is American and the other two are from Europe.

Based on an assessment, officials believe that all three men perished.

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"They are valued and loved members of The North Face family", The North Face said in a statement to 660 NEWS. We are waiting to learn additional information as the search mission continues. Roskelley's ascents include Mount Everest in 2003 as well as peaks across Asia, South America, and North America.

He says Lama and Auer had pulled off a number of hard solo climbs over the past 12 months so they are pretty recognized names in Europe.

Parks Canada says the three are considered professional mountain athletes and highly experienced.

Parks Canada also described the east face of Howse Peak as "remote and an exceptionally hard objective, with mixed rock and ice routes requiring advanced alpine mountaineering skills".

Parks Canada recovery efforts are on hold because of risky conditions and additional avalanches at the scene.

Brennan Doherty is a work and wealth reporter with Star Calgary.

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