We are profoundly sad at the passing of our dear friend Jess Roskelley. Jess, along with fellow alpinists David Lama and Hansjörg Auer, perished in a massive avalanche this week while attempting a difficult route on Howse Peak in the Canadian Rockies. Jess, the son of renowned alpinist John Roskelley, became the youngest American to climb Mount Everest when he and his father summited the world’s highest peak in 2003. Since then, Jess had become known as one of the best climbers in the world as he forged new routes, most notably in the mountains of Alaska and Canada. We were proud to have him on LOWA’s Pro Team.
Jess was a great friend to LOWA, as well as to the rest of the climbing community. We mourn his loss.
Jess Roskelley is an American alpinist, known most notably for his expeditions in Alaska. Raised in Spokane, Washington, mountaineering and climbing have always been an integral part of his life. He was practically born with a love for nature and the mountains. As the son of John Roskelley, who made countless Himalayan expeditions in the 1970s and ’80s, he discovered a fascination for the world’s tallest peaks at an early age.
Mixed and ice climbing soon became his passion. On 21 May 2003, he became the youngest American to climb Mount Everest on an expedition with his father. He then undertook many other expeditions. In particular, he successfully conquered previously unknown routes in Alaska, the Canadian Rocky Mountains and Patagonia.
His biggest feats include scaling the 1,128-meter-high “Hypa Zypa Coloir”, a steep east face of the Citadel in Alaska’s Kichatna Mountains, or the ascent of the new mixed route “No Rest for the Wicked” (1,500’ WI6 M7 A0) in southeast Alaska.
Jess Roskelley lives in Spokane, Washington, with his wife and their two puppies.
Mountains help me navigate what is most important to me.
- Jess Roskelley
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