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Scott Croll

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I was just doing some googling of folks I used to know and when I came to Scotts name, I got some odd and old links to some newspaper in Juneau mentioning he and some other fellow never returned from some flight out in the bush.

 

I worked with Scott at Devils Tower in 1987 and was curious if anyone had any more info on him or if anyone knew him.

 

Thanks!

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I worked with Scott at N. Cascades N.P. He was working in Alaska and was lost when a plane went down over water. Turnagain Arm, I believe?

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Skeezix,

Thanks, I figured it didn't turn out well since I didn't find any more info on it. frown.gif

I have some cool pics from that summer at DETO, i'll make an effort to scan em in and post em. Thanks mate!

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Yow

Saw Scott's name and a shiver went through me.

 

Scott was on a plane (from Haines to Juneau I think). There were actually two planes going, one turned back. Scott's plane was never heard from or found. I never knew Scott, but do know many of his friends in Haines. They tell me he was a great person and a good friend.

 

I've done that flight (Juneau to Haines) and the ferry ride as well. In bad weather. There really is nothing but water, trees, mountains. Plenty of places to not be found.

 

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On my ski history website, I have a short note about a letter from John Dittli that appeared in the Spring 2000 issue of Couloir magazine:

 

http://www.alpenglow.org/ski-history/notes/period/couloir/couloir-2000-09.html#couloir-2000-spr-p9

 

Couloir Magazine, 2000

 

Spring 2000, p. 9, Letter from John Dittli: "Farewell"

 

Scott Croll was working as a backcountry ranger in Glacier Bay, Alaska, during the summer of 1999 when the small plane he was flying in disappeared without a trace. The writer met Croll in the Sierra Nevada in 1987. Croll later became a backcountry ranger in the North Cascades. He pioneered ski routes deep in the Sierra and North Cascades backcountry. On p. 17 are photographs of Dittli and Croll carrying skis and big packs through brush and across a river, probably in the North Cascades.

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I can't remember the year Scott and John skied from Watson Lake to Beaver Pass via Jasper Pass, Pioneer Ridge, Crowder, Challenger, Wiley-Eiley. Scott worked as a climbing ranger in NOCA and wintered in the Sierra, ski bumming around Mammoth Lakes. I believe Scott's father was a career NPS ranger.

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Nice bits on Scott and kinda cool that the community still remembers him.

Thats was the season of bliss in 1987, I had a chance to meet and climb with quite a few GOOD folks, and as I remember several other shining stars that passed thru that summer are also not with us. Seth Shaw was another one that stayed with my neighbor.

Some nice memories, thanks!

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With a long ago NW Arete (Coulour) accident on Shuksan brought to mind recently, I was remembering Scott Croll. Scott was one of several rangers (as Skeezix had mentioned) on this team effort, which spanned from 1991-94 to recover climber Gary Gary, killed by sudden ice fall. Yes, Scott's father was a career NPS ranger, Scott was well on his way too.

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