BANFF in Lebanon: Redwine’s death an accident

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According to the Banff Mountain Film Festival in Lebanon, American John Redwine’s death over the weekend in the area of Mount Sannine was an accident:

“Our dear friend and co-organizer of the BMFF World Tour in Lebanon John Redwine was killed in a mountaineering accident on the western face of Mount Sannine on Sunday.

John was a skilled and gifted mountaineer with extensive solo experience. He had set out to make the first ascent of a prominent couloir situated on the southern section of the face, directly to the right of the “Grande Coulée.” This ascent – with an elevation gain of 800m including 300m of technical climbing at an average slope of 45% – was among the many goals he had set himself for this winter climbing season.

We are surprised by the inaccuracies in the media coverage and feel it is important to provide the greatest amount of precise details to help dismiss any other theories on the cause of his death.

He fell 50 – 70m to his death in the steepest section of the climb at 2150m. Bad snow conditions or loose rocks in unusually warm weather are factors that likely resulted in the circumstances that led to his fall.

After an extensive search on Monday, his vehicle was finally found by a fellow climber on Tuesday morning. An army helicopter then spotted his body at the exact location of the accident.

Our thoughts are with his wife and his infant son.”

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