Death on the Wapta is an intriguing story of a young couple deeply in love who decided to set out on a month long ski tour of the Rockies. Both Kees and Claire were extremely well educated when it came to the outdoors and shared the passion of being with nature. Unfortunately they did not survive the extreme weather they had encountered and lost their lives together while sleeping one night in a self build cave they dug into snow.
The article explains the tremendous impact this couple had on each and every person they met. Claiming they could completely change the energy of a room as soon as they entered it. Their trip was planned as a celebration for Claire’s university graduation and Kees new career. Sadly, when the couple did not arrive home when expected a helicopter was sent out to look for their bodies. It was first assumed that their cave had collapsed under the severe pressure of the snow that accumulated on top of it, but later discovered that they may have lost their lives due to the simple mistake of cooking inside a small, closed off area. This then lead to the carbon monoxide taking their lives as well as the heat which caused the cave to collapse.
Kees and Claire’s story reminds me that no matter how experienced you can be, nature will always have the upper hand. It also shows you that the little things are usually the most important, and a small mistake, like the one they made by cooking within their hut, can have a fatal outcome.
Powter, Geoff. “Death on the Wapta”. Explore June 2007: 145. Print.