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Bodies of world-renowned climbers, including Jess Roskelley, recovered

The bodies of three climbers were discovered after an avalanche swept through the area they were climbing in Banff National Park, according to a statement from Parks Canada. 

Spokane's Jess Roskelley and Austrian climbers Hansjörg Auer and David Lama were climbing Howse Peak in Canada Tuesday when there were reports of an avalanche in the area. 

Dangerous conditions hindered the search for their bodies for several days. 

Roskelley became the youngest American to reach the summit of Mount Everest when he was 20-years-old, in 2003. He accomplished that feat with his father. Since then, he's conquered routes across South America, Asia, and North America.

He is the son of legendary mountaineer John Roskelley. His father told KXLY Thursday that the community can keep his family in their thoughts and prayers during this hard time and focus on the extraordinary life his son lived. 


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