‘JessFest’ climbing competition to celebrate Jess Roskelley, raise money for Deep Creek trailhead

The local climbing community will gather to pay tribute to Jess Roskelley at the first-ever JessFest Climbing Competition.

Roskelley, a local climber who was the youngest American to reach the summit of Mount Everest, passed away earlier this year when an avalanche swept through the area he was climbing in Banff National Park. Two Austrian climbers, Hansjorg Auer and David Lima, were with Roskelley and also passed away.

On September 28, local climbers, along with the Bower Climbing Coalition, will gather at Deep Creek to climb in honor and remembrance of Roskelley.

The event will include a competition, as well as climbing clinics. Proceeds from a silent auction and raffle will go toward improving the Deep Creek trailhead. BCC is working alongside Riverside State Park to put in a bathroom and picnic shelter at the trailhead.

Learn more about JessFest on the BCC’s Facebook page.

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