25-Year-Old US Mountain Guide Dies After Skiing Into Deep Crevasse in Chile on Sunday

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Cerro Cortaderas. Image: Ski Tour

According to BioBioChile, a 25-year-old US Mountain Guide died after skiing into a deep crevasse on 17,050′ Cerro Cortaderas in Chile. Caleb Ladue, a mountain guide at RMI Expeditions, was out skiing with 5 friends when he fell 160′ into a crevasse at the base of the glacier on Sunday, October 22nd, 2017. His group was unable to locate him in the crevasse at first, due to the sheer depth of it.

The red pin marks Cerro Cortaderas. Image: Google Maps

After some time, his group was able to extract him from the crevasse. Sadly, he had already passed away by that time. He was transported by helicopter to the Legal Medical Services, where an autopsy is expected to be performed. It was reported that a man of French nationality reported the fall to local officials after he noticed the 6 individuals on the mountain. The group (2 Chileans and 4 foreigners) traveled up to the Valle Las Arenas sector at the end of Route G-25 , where they made their way to the glacier. The rest of the group descended the mountain on their own.

Caleb Ladue on 9/28/2017 in Yosemite National Park. Image: Kyle Sparks

Caleb was a graduate of Dartmouth College in New Hampshire with a degree in Neuroscience. He was also an experienced Senior Guide at RMI Expeditions. Caleb’s family and friends are in our thoughts through this tough time.

About Caleb Ladue:

Born and raised in a small Vermont town, Caleb spent much of his childhood skiing or hiking in the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks. He became enamored with climbing while pursuing a degree in Neuroscience at Dartmouth College and has refocused his energy toward the mountains ever since.

Caleb’s guiding career began as an outing club leader, teaching fellow students the ways of the cold and snowy hills of New Hampshire. Since then he’s climbed all the world and skied just about everywhere snow falls. Today Caleb balances his time between the big mountains of the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and South America with the deep snow and frozen waterfalls of Ouray, Colorado. When he isn’t guiding, Caleb can be found looking for the next adventure, pushing his personal limits, or pursuing the next level of certification.

Caleb’s Climbing Resumé:

  • 36 summits of Mount Rainier, Washington
  • 2 expeditions of Denali, Alaska
  • 1 expedition of Aconcagua, Argentina
  • 1 expedition to Bolivia’s Cordillera Real
  • Multiple ski descents throughout the US. Including: Denali; The Grand, Middle and South Tetons and Rainier via the Kautz Glacier
  • Ascents of Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens
  • Rock climbs of all types in the US, Canada and Argentina
  • Ice climbs in the Northeast US and across the Rockies
  • Trekking Experience in the Peruvian Andes and Swiss Alps

Caleb’s Certifications:

  • Wilderness First Responder
  • AMGA Alpine Guide Course
  • AMGA Rock Guide Course
  • AMGA Advanced Rock Guide Course
  • AMGA Ski Guide Course
  • Outdoor Emergency Care Technician
  • AIARE Avalanche Level III
  • Leave No Trace Trainer

Information From: RMI Guides

** This Information Is Subject To Change, As Only Limited Information Is Currently Available**


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