Petzl Senior CSS Representative Garrett Smith Killed in Avalanche

On Saturday, March 26th, Petzl Senior CSS Representative Garrett Smith was caught in an avalanche while touring in the backcountry. Garrett was evacuated to an area hospital, but he never regained consciousness.

Clearfield, UT – Petzl is very saddened to announce the passing of our good friend and colleague, Garrett Smith. Garrett worked at Petzl America as a Senior Customer Sales and Support representative, specializing in the Professional and International markets.

On Saturday, March 26th, Garrett was caught in an avalanche while touring in the backcountry on Horseshoe Mountain, in the Manti-La Sal National Forest near Ephraim, Utah. He died in the hospital later that evening following a heroic rescue by his touring partners, as well as rescue teams from Sanpete and Sevier County. According to Garrett's wishes and the family’s wishes, "he will be able to bring life to many people through the donation of his strong organs,” said the family in a statement (see link below).

“Garrett’s bright spirit, infectious smile, and passion for the outdoors made a powerful impression on everyone he encountered,” said Roody Rasmussen, President of Petzl America. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Garrett’s wife, Molly Barker Smith; his father and mother, Doug and Debbie Smith; and his friends and family during this time of bereavement. We are all greatly saddened by this loss and we will miss him deeply.”

“Garrett touched all of our lives and always taught us by example the importance of following our passions and living a purposeful life,” said Rasmussen. “Garrett's life was inspiring, and his passing serves as a reminder that there's no time to waste in this world when it comes to living life to the fullest, loving, and chasing your dreams.”

See the links below for more information:
Salt Lake Tribune article (with video)
A statement from Garrett’s parents
A detailed report from the Utah Avalanche Center
A video tribute from KUTV Channel 2 news

For further information, please contact:
Justin Roth
Communications Manager
Petzl America
(801) 926-1509