IFSC Bids Farewell to One of Our Champions

Following an avalanche on April 16th in Banff National Park, Canada, the IFSC is saddened to report that the bodies of three elite climbers were recovered on April 21st.

The IFSC is now mourning the loss of David Lama (AUT), aged 28, and companions Jess Roskelley (USA),36, and Hansjörg Auer (AUT), 35, who were attempting to climb the east face of Howse Peak in the National Park when the avalanche struck. Our thoughts are with their families and loved ones.

A renowned Sport Climbing athlete as well as mountaineer, David Lama competed in IFSC World Cups up until 2010, claiming multiple gold medals in Bouldering and Lead. David was Youth World Champion and subsequently European Champion in both Lead and Bouldering 2006-2007. His final first place podium finishes include the IFSC Lead World Cup in Imst (AUT), 2008, and the IFSC Bouldering World Cup in Fiera di Primiero (ITA) during the same year.

David Lama's gold medal wins include:

- Male youth B Lead: European Youth Cup - Geneva (SUI) 2004
- Male youth B Lead: European Youth Cup - Imst (AUT) 2004
- Int. Event - OutDoor Climbing Events 2004 - Friedrichshafen (GER) 2004
- Male youth B Lead: European Youth Cup + Festival - Veliko Tarnovo (BUL) 2004
- Male youth B Lead: World Youth Championship - Edinburgh (GBR) 2004
- Male youth B Lead: European Youth Cup - Kranj (SLO) 2004
- Male youth B Lead: European Youth Cup - Imst (AUT) 2005
- Male youth B Lead: World Youth Championship - Bejing (CHN) 2005
- Male youth B Lead: European Youth Cup - Geneva (SUI) 2005
- Male youth B Lead: European Youth Cup - Penne (ITA) 2005
- Male youth B Lead: European Youth Cup - Kranj (SLO) 2005
- Climbing Worldcup (L+S) - Dresden (GER) 2006
- Male youth A Lead: European Youth Cup - Imst (AUT) 2006 (after disqualification)
- MEN Bouldering: Climbing Worldcup (B) - Hall (AUT) 2006
- European Championship - Ekatarinburg (RUS) 2006
- Climbing Worldcup (L) - Penne (ITA) 2006
- Worldcup (L) - Kranj (SLO) 2006
- MEN Bouldering: IFSC European Boulder Championship - Birmingham (GBR) 2007
- IFSC Climbing Worldcup (L) - Imst (AUT) 2007
- MEN Bouldering: IFSC Climbing Worldcup (B) - Reunion (FRA) 2008
- MEN Bouldering: IFSC Climbing Worldcup (B) - Fiera di Primiero (ITA) 2008
- IFSC Climbing Worldcup (L) - Imst (AUT) 2008

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