CONWAY DAILY SUN: A 64-year-old Texas man died on Saturday after falling more than 1,000 feet while climbing a snow gully on Mount Adams.

Richard Gabrielle, of University Park, Texas, “sustained significant injuries that killed him instantly,” according to a New Hampshire Fish and Game Department statement. The statement said Gabrielle was “well equipped for his expedition,” wearing crampons and helmet and using an ice axe. He was climbing Great Gully, a moderate snow route in King Ravine, with six others. They were not using ropes.

Great Gully is similar to Central Gully in Huntington Ravine where an avalanche sent three climbers to the hospital earlier this month. It is not uncommon for experienced mountaineers to ascend such routes unroped, but snow conditions this weekend were unforgiving. (READ MORE)