North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park

Climber killed in fall in North Cascades National Park

August 11, 2009, 8:08 am
An accomplished mountain climber was killed Sunday in the North Cascades when the ice he was standing on collapsed, sending him tumbling about 40 feet and hitting him with falling ice. 

The climber was identified by the National Parks Service as Craig Luebbem, 49, of Golden, Colorado.

Luebbem and a partner and were making their way across the Torment-Forbidden Traverse to head to the summit of Mount Torment. 

Park spokeswoman Kelly Bush said the climbers were trying to cross a large gap between two sections of ice when a 100-foot-tall piece of ice that Luebben was on gave way. 

His climber partner made it an area where he could call 911, but Luebbem died of his injuries. 

Bush said Luebbem was an accomplished climber and Mount Everest guide.