BREAKING: Snowmobiler caught in avalanche


UPDATE: Buckrail has learned that Brennan Walpole, 35, has died from injuries received in the avalanche. He leaves behind a family including a newborn son.Friends of the family have established a GoFundMe for the Walpole’s funeral expenses.

Buckrail has learned of an avalanche yesterday involving a snowmobiler in the Salt River Range east of Smoot, Wyo., in Lincoln County.

An unknown 35-year-old was seriously injured after triggering a slide at approximately 9,296 feet on Commissary Ridge, near Mt. Wagner in an area where Olympic gold medalist wrestler Rulon Gardner was stranded overnight in 2002.

A group of snowmobilers triggered a very large slide near Commissary Ridge in the Salt River Range. This event resulted in one full burial and two partial burials. Star Valley Search and Rescue volunteers responded to the accident and the fully buried victim was evacuated by helicopte

The ‘biler was rescued and evacuated by helicopter. The accident happened at approximately 2pm on Friday, December 29.

Buckrail is working on obtaining more details including the condition of the man.

UPDATE: more from Mtn Riders 801 Facebook.

So today was one of those days that you never want to have happen. With the avalanche conditions considerable, it was more than that. We witnessed and preformed the search to get a Rider out of a huge slide. Kelly Corgiat used his Spot device to send an SOS for help. By the time he made it back to the parking lot the local help was there and made the turn around much quicker. We’ll post more on this but wanted to share this and tell everyone to make sure you have the correct gear. Beacon, Shovel, and a Probe are a must. If you are going to the back country and you don’t have cell phone service make sure you have some device to send an emergence message. That could save a life! Here are some of the pictures from today’s events. Make sure that you or someone knows CPR, it could save a life. Wanted to say thanks to the Star Valley Search & Rescue and all the the medical staff of the life flight crew from Idaho. Prayers for him and his family.


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