Petzl is very saddened to announce the passing of our good friend and colleague, Garrett Smith, who died as a result of injuries sustained in an avalanche in the Utah backcountry on Saturday, March 26th. Garrett worked at Petzl America as a Senior Customer Sales and Support representative, specializing in the Professional and International markets. He was a part of all of our lives and he always brought plentiful and positive energy to the office with him. Petzl has already received condolnces from many of the customers he worked with on a regular basis. Such was Garrett's way – he left a lasting impression on all who interacted with him.
Garrett Smith. Photo: Dustin Butcher
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 – a group made up of close friends and family – 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 his family in a statement (see link below).
“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," said Roody Rasmussen, President of Petzl America. “Garrett touched all of our lives and always taught us by example the importance of following our passions and living a purposeful life. We are greatly saddened by this loss and will miss him deeply.”
Petzl will make any additional information available here in the future.
See the links below for more:
- Salt Lake Tribune article (with video)
- A statement from Garrett’s family
- A detailed report from the Utah Avalanche Center
- A video tribute from KUTV Channel 2 news
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