Sad news today out of Chelan County, which should bring some closure to one Mercer Island family.

On Sunday morning, a team of Chelan County Mountain Rescue (CCMR) members and a Chelan County SAR Deputy recovered the body of 19 year-old Benjamin Gore from Aasgard Pass.

Earlier this month, Gore disappeared into a crevasse on June 4th while glissading down Aasgard Pass. Authorities' initial attempts to locate Gore were unsuccessful due to the snow depth and fast running water.

Gore and a friend were both attempting to glissade down the snow field from the summit of Aasgaard Pass to the glacier area below.

Glissading is the act of intentionally descending down a steep slope in a controlled slide on a person’s feet or buttocks. It routinely involves the use of an ice-axe or similar device to assist in controlling the slide. Glissading is a high-risk activity due to the unforeseen dangers (such as holes or crevasses) in the snow path.

The body has been turned over to the Chelan County Coroner’s Office and the family has been notified.


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