Three mountaineers presumed dead after avalanche in Banff National Park, Parks Canada

In a continuation of what has already been a tragic week in the outdoor-sports world, Parks Canada is reporting that a trio of climbers are missing and presumed dead following an avalanche on Howse Peak.

Parks Canada said in a statement the party was attempting the east face of Howse Peak.

Canadian officials deployed rescue helicopters to the isolated area of the Canadian Rockies after the group was reported overdue on Wednesday.

Parks Canada said safety specialists immediately responded by air and observed signs of multiple avalanches and debris containing climbing equipment.

Park officials closed the area, but stated search and rescue efforts weren't immediately possible due to weather and risky avalanche conditions. Precipitation and strong winds in the forecast will result in a rising avalanche hazard in the area.

Parks Canada also extended its condolences to the families, friends and loved ones of the mountaineers. Roskelley, 36, was the son of famed mountaineer John Roskelley, the Calgary Sun reports. He said the three men wanted to complete the climb by Tuesday night.

He says Lama and Auer had pulled off a number of hard solo climbs over the past 12 months so they are pretty recognized names in Europe.

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In 2003 at age 20, Jess Roskelley was the youngest American to have scaled Everest.

A standout climb by Lama, Routen said, was on the Compressor Route in Patagonia's Cerro Torre. Just last fall, he told the Spokesman-Review he believed he was nearly there, with his sights set on challenging peaks in Alaska and Pakistan.

Howse Peak, with a 3,295 metre (10,800 foot) elevation, is in the Canadian province of Alberta, in Banff National Park.

"They are valued and loved members of The North Face family", The North Face said in a statement to 660 NEWS.

"David dedicated his life to the mountains and his passion for climbing and alpinism shaped and accompanied our family", Claudia and Rinzi Lama said in a statement posted on their son's website.

Auer, said the company, grew up among Austria's Dolomites where he would tend sheep "and the thrill which accompanied those special moments of independence still follows him on his mountain adventures", it states.

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