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Photos: Joe Timlin, Rick Gaukel among five victims in deadliest avalanche since 1962

On Saturday, the Colorado snowboarding community was still reeling from the avalanche death of Mark McCarron (announced by authorities along with a controversial marijuana reference) when another tragedy struck -- this one with an even greater loss of life. Five people died near Loveland in what is the deadliest Colorado avalanche in more than a half-century. Among the dead was Joe Timlin, organizer of that day's Rocky Mountain High Backcountry Gathering, and Rick Gaukel, one of the state's top snowboarding guides. Photos and details below.
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