On April 21st the bodies of Jess Roskelley, 36, David Lama, 28, and Hansjörg Auer, 35, were recovered from an avalanche field on Howse Peak in the Canadian Rockies.
Jess was a member of DMM's Climbing Team, often attending clinics and climbing festivals for us in the USA, generously sharing his enthusiasm for adventure and climbing. Team manager, Ben Bransby, got to know Jess through working alongside him at events such as Red Rock Rendezvous and 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell. Below, Ben shares his recollections of Jess from those times:
"I first met Jess in Alabama where I was attending Horseshoe Hell for DMM and Jess was along as a sponsored athlete. I arrived jet-lagged, tired and struggling to cope with the humidity and was slightly dreading meeting the hardcore alpine climber who might be expecting VIP treatment. Jess arrived into the airport terminal with trucker cap, tattoos, and a certain swagger but with a grin from ear to ear which hinted at the easy-going joker beneath."
"We spent a week together that first trip, assembling the stand, camping in the wood, manning the stand, climbing in the 24hr marathon event (sneaking off for burgers and milkshakes in town at one point) and partying afterward. We came from different sides of the climbing game – him more at home amongst the snow and high mountains - but Jess chatted about folk we knew in common and those we didn’t with great enthusiasm and passion. Our climbing overlapped the most in Patagonia and Jess insisted on repeatedly telling people how hardcore I was. I’m not sure if this was entirely due to his own humility or more because he enjoyed watching me squirm. He was instantly hatching plans for trips, to combine his skills on ice and snow with some hard rock."