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5/22/2013 3:37:00 PM
Climber dies in fall near Leavenworth
Ian Dunn

A Canadian woman was killed May 14 while descending the base of Snow Creek Wall near Leavenworth. Amy R. Stein, 37, Squamish, British Columbia, fell off a ledge and into a steep ravine, according to the news release from the Chelan County Sheriff's Department.

Stein was killed when she attempted to avoid a large falling rock. The other members of the hiking party said they had descended the Orbit route of the Snow Creek Wall and were hiking down from the base. Stein was the lead hiker on the descent when the large rock broke from above her.

"Stein was positioned in a narrow ravine at the time and moved to avoid the falling rock," the news release stated. "During that maneuver, Stein accidentally fell off a ledge and landed 70 to 100 feet below."

Members of the hiking party determined her injuries to be substantial. One member hiked out for assistance while others tried to revive her. A call was placed to RiverCom at 6:52 p.m. As rescuers arrived on the scene, she was pronounced dead.

Due to darkness and steep terrain, recovery efforts could not take place until the next morning. A Chelan County Sheriff's Office helicopter, working with a ground team, responded at 9 a.m. on May 15.

Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or

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