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Bivouac member Stephanie Grothe killed Jan 11 on Joffre #4788

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Unfortunately Stephanie Grothe, Neil Charles Mackenzie and Elena Cernicka lost their lives in the tragic ice climbing accident on Mount Joffre on Sunday, January 11th. She was also a member of the Varsity Outdoor Club. Whistler RCMP Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair said indications are the tragedy was a result of "a catastrophic slip-and-fall accident" that took place near the top of Joffre peak's central couloir when one of the hikers fell and brought down the others, who were tied together. "There was no avalanche debris, so it didn't appear the cornice broke off or anything like that," he

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