Backcountry Ski Photographer Warren Skoog Fatality on Mount Mercedario in Argentina

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports Carl Warren Skoog, 46, said to be one of the world’s best backcountry ski photographers died while descending the steep southern face of 22,210-foot Mount Mercedario in the Argentine Andes.

Carl Warren Skoog, 46, was descending the steep southern face of 22,210-foot Mount Mercedario in the Argentine Andes with longtime ski partner Rene Crawshaw of Chilliwack, British Columbia, on Oct. 17, when he slipped on a 42-degree slope and fell 4,500 feet.

Skoog had planned to document the harsh terrain made famous by the 1972 plane crash of a Uruguayan rugby team that had to resort to cannibalism to survive 10 weeks until they were rescued.

Skoog’s work has been published in various magazines, including Skiing, Powder and Backcountry. On Wednesday, Backcountry’s Web site posted the nine cover shots Skoog took for the magazine along with a tribute.