‘He was always pushing the envelope’: Friends remember man who died in Silver Mountain avalanche

Carl Humphreys is one of the two people killed in yesterday’s avalanche

SHOSHONE CO., Idaho — Carl “Surf’s Up” Humphreys.

That’s what friends call the man who died in the Silver Mountain Avalanche. They say living life on the edge was just his thing.

“He was always pushing the envelope,” Shawn Chalich, a friend of Carl, said. “Kind of bummed to say it, but it wasn’t a surprise he was out there in conditions that maybe other people wouldn’t be in. I mean he lived that way.”

Carl Humphreys is one of the two people killed in yesterday’s avalanche

Courtesy of Shawn Chalich

Chalich and Carl grew up together in Liberty Lake.

Chalich says he just had an extreme passion for outdoor sports.

Friends say Carl knew the risks of these sports, but that never stopped him.

“We just had a long conversation about the risks that we knew we were taking, and the risks he knew he was taking when he would go out there,” Chalich said. “He was talking about how he’d been lucky a number of times, but while aware of those risks, it was worth it.”

One friend said he’ll remember Carl most for how kind he was to that friend’s son.

They say Carl was always complimenting people and just had a true love for the life he lived.

Chalich said it’s hard to think about Carl being gone, but instead of mourning, they’ll look back and celebrate the life he lived.

“I don’t know what it’s going to be like without him,” Chalich said. “I’ve never had it without him.”

Chalich says Carl was 58 years-old. He is survived by his wife, step son, and two grandchildren.