Liz Daley, a professional climber, backcountry snowboarder, and AMGA- certified mountain guide died in an avalanche Monday in Patagonia. According to the Argentine news outlet OPI Santa Cruz, the 29 year old from Tacoma, Washington was reportedly part of a group descending Cerro Vespignani, a 7000 foot peak about 15 miles north of Fitzroy in southern Argentine Patagonia.
Daley’s sponsor Eddie Bauer released the following statement late Tuesday:
“We are deeply saddened to report that yesterday, an avalanche in the Fitz Roy Massif region outside of El Chaltén, Argentina, took the life of Liz Daley, a member of our Guide team.
Liz was on a ski mountaineering expedition with three other members of our snow sports team and two production crew members. The rest of the team is safe.
Liz was an accomplished splitboarder, alpine climber and mountain guide who was born and raised in Washington. She was a beloved member of our snow sports team and will be sorely missed by all those who knew her.”
This tragic accident occurred on the same day that Canadian JP Auclair and Swede Andreas Fransson, both professional freeskiers, died in an unrelated avalanche in Chilean Patagonia.
On Sunday before heading out, Daley posted on Instagram “The weather and snow conditions are absolutely unbelievable here in Patagonia. AH! Somebody pinch me.”
Daley was an inspiration to many and will be missed greatly.
The Ski Channels thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Liz Daley.