We are deeply saddened by the loss of our athletes, Jess Roskelley, David Lama, and Hansjörg Auer.
Jess Roskelley was a natural. He grew up in a household steeped in mountaineering, his father, John, was a pioneering Himalayan alpinist having led the first ascent of Gauri Sankar in 1979. Jess loved climbing and as an alpinist had climbed Everest in 2003 – the youngest to do so at the time. Jess possessed a multi-faceted ability which found him at home on ice, big walls and multi day expeditions.
Always game for adventure, Jess would show up with a smile, excited to climb. He balanced a constant dedication to progression on the mountain with a one of a kind sense of humor and deep dedication to practical jokes. The love he had for the mountains was only matched by his love for his wife, Alison and his bulldog, Mugs.
He will be remembered not just as one of the best mountaineers of a generation but one of the best we have ever encountered in the sport.
- Westman's World, W Face, FA, Kichatna Mountains, AK VI M7 AI4x A3, 2016
- Fitz Roy, CA Roulette + Aguja De La Silla, Patagonia, 2016
- Cerro Torre, Ragni Route, Patagonia, 2014
- Hypa Zypa, FA, Kichatna Mountains, AK, 3700ft VI 5.10R A3 AI5+ M6+, 2013
- Chuck Norris and the Mortal, FFA, Banks Lake, WA WI7 M8 R/X, 2013
- Youngest American to summit Mt. Everest, N Ridge, Tibet, 2003