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Details on Jess Roskelley’s final climb pieced together by his father

In the minutes, days and weeks after the accident on Howse Peak last year, what exactly happened wasn’t known.

A year later, Roskelley family hopes to build lasting foundation

A year ago today, Jess Roskelley, alongside two other world-class climbers, headed into the predawn darkness of the Canadian Rockies.

2019: Transitions and passings

The biggest and saddest outdoor story from 2019 was the death of Spokane climber Jess Roskelley.

Banff Film Festival returns to Spokane

The Banff Film Festival is just around the corner. As usual, attendees can expect a varied, interesting viewing experience.

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 27, 2019

Rain, sleet or snow, Riverside State Park’s Jess Fest is Saturday

The inaugural Jess Fest will be held Saturday, bad weather and all.

Riverside State Park Rock climbing competition, party to honor Jess Roskelley, raise money for trailhead

Jess Roskelley, an elite alpine climber from Spokane who died in April, will be honored at the inaugural JessFest Climbing Competition.

Climbing coalition dedicating bathroom to Jess Roskelley

Spokane’s nonprofit climbing coalition announced that it is on track to build a toilet at the Deep Creek climbing area in Riverside State Park. The bathroom will be completed in …

UPDATED: Wed., July 10, 2019

Spokane Valley’s Michael Chiesa dedicates UFC 239 victory to Jess Roskelley

“I was introduced to Jess Roskelley by my teammate, Sam Sicilia. Before we left for ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ seven years ago was when I met Jess. We actually signed our …

UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019

Hidden Mother Brewery creates limited-quantity ‘Jcurrency IPA’ in honor of Jess Roskelley

The Hidden Mother Brewery in Spokane Valley has brewed a limited-quantity beer to honor the late Spokane mountain climber Jess Roskelley in conjunction with his family and friends, and the …

Still roped together: More than 700 show up at packed Jess Roskelley memorial

From Joyce Roskelley’s deck Mount Spokane is visible in the distance, slashes of lingering snow running like vertical veins.

UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019

Family, community to celebrate the vibrant life of Jess Roskelley at Friday memorial

The life, spirit and humor of Spokane alpinist Jess Roskelley will be celebrated Friday.

UPDATED: Mon., April 29, 2019

Climbers mourn Roskelley’s death, raise money for his family

A downtown Spokane event to support local climbing routes turned into an evening of remembrances Sunday as attendees raised money to support the family of Spokane climber Jess Roskelley, who …

UPDATED: Fri., April 26, 2019

Bower Climbing Coalition, The Great PNW honoring alpinist Jess Roskelley

As the shock waves from renowned alpinist Jess Roskelley’s death continue to ripple outward, local organizations and businesses are honoring his life and supporting his family.

UPDATED: Mon., April 22, 2019

Depths of despair: Climbing family loses son to greatest fear

The bodies of climbers Jess Roskelley, of Spokane, and two Austrians were recovered Sunday from an avalanche-hit area of the eastern Canadian Rockies. Among the recovered items was a phone …

UPDATED: Sat., April 20, 2019

Heavy snowfall delays search for Spokane climber Jess Roskelley and partners, but weather shows signs of improvement

Friends, family and loved ones continued to wait Saturday for a Canadian rescue team to search for Spokane climber Jess Roskelley and his two climbing partners.

UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019

Bad weather delays search and recovery of Jess Roskelley and climbing partners

The international climbing community mourned missing alpinist Jess Rosskelley of Spokane and two partners who are also presumed dead following a series of avalanches that cascaded down a rugged peak …

UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019

Parents of missing Austrian alpinist climbing with Roskelley say he ‘lived his dream’

The parents of celebrated Austrian climber David Lama said Friday that he had “lived his dream,” as hopes for him and two other top climbers missing in the Canadian Rockies …

UPDATED: Thu., April 18, 2019

Spokane climber Jess Roskelley missing and presumed killed by avalanche in Canadian Rockies; David Lama, Hansjorg Auer also presumed dead

Spokane climber Jess Roskelley, 36, was attempting to climb a difficult route over the past two weeks on Howse Peak in Banff National Park with Austrian climbers David Lama and …

Spokane climbers establish a new route in the wilds of Montana

Two Spokane climbers established a new route in the wilds of Montana.

Balancing act: Jess Roskelley on his hopes of making climbing his life

In his Spokane garage, Jess Roskelley faced a conundrum. He had this new treadwall – picture a treadmill, but for climbing – but it was about a foot taller than …

Mountain Gear to host alpinist Jess Roskelley

Spokane alpinist Jess Roskelley will speak at Mountain Gear (2002 N. Division St.) on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.

Climbing duo completes five-day first ascent of Mount Huntington’s south ridge

Jess Roskelley describes a recent five-day first ascent of a gnarly south ridge route to the summit of Alaska’s Mount Huntington as a race for his life. “It’s the commitment …

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Jess and Allison Roskelley take their grandpas’ fishing gear on honeymoon

OUTLAST – The late Fenton Roskelley, Spokane newspaper outdoors writer for 45 years, would be floating higher than a freshly treated dry fly to learn that his rods, reels and …

Jess Roskelley, Annapurna climbers apply skills to Nepal disaster relief

A lofty goal to climb the world’s 10th-tallest peak has transcended to an even higher calling for Spokane mountaineer Jess Roskelley and his expedition since disaster struck Nepal last month. …

Two Spokane adventurers reported safe in Nepal

Two well-known Spokane adventurers in Nepal have reported they are unharmed and doing OK as earthquakes continue to rumble and cause widespread havoc and death in the Himalayan country.

Out & About: Annapurna a reality for Jess Roskelley

OUTCLIMB – Jess Roskelley of Spokane departed for Nepal this week with climbing partner Benjamin Erdmann and a film crew to attempt an ascent of the world’s 10th-highest peak. Roskelley, …

Roskelley learns to zero in on slim window for climb

Ten years ago, a 20-year-old Jess Roskelley had all sorts of modern technology at his fingertips when he seized a moment of fame as the youngest American to climb Mount …

Peak of desire

Only as an afterthought did John and Jess Roskelley talk about the corpses in their route through the Death Zone of Mount Everest. On May 30, their first morning back …

Roskelleys reach top of Everest

Standing on top of the world’s tallest mountain early today, 20-year-old Jess Roskelley became the youngest American to make it to the summit of Mount Everest.