Kip Rand was killed in a steep fall and avalanche while backcountry skiing near Chief Joseph Mountain, west of Joseph in the Eagle Cap Wilderness.
Rand was skiing with a friend in the area. At about 4:30 p.m., Wallowa County Sheriff Steve Rogers said dispatch received a signal from a GPS beacon that initiated a response from the county’s Search and Rescue unit. The unit arrived at the area around 9:30 or 10 p.m., around the same time a local backcountry ski group also responded to the incident.
Rogers said his investigation indicates that Rand was caught at the very top of an avalanche and was carried down a nearly vertical slope about 600 feet.
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