Kodiak Mountain Stone lost a friend this week in a tragic accident.
A blog post on goatalliance.org reads:
British Columbian Outfitter and Goat Alliance sponsor, Tewza Expeditions, suffered an indescribable loss on Monday, November 10th. Master guide, Jeff Ripley, lost his life on the mountain in a terrible accident. After successfully guiding his fourth and biggest mountain goat of the season, Jeff and his hunter began descending down the mountain. Right before dusk, Jeff lost his footing and fell out of sight. His hunter, Heath Mickelson, of Welling, Alberta, tried all night to get to him but couldn’t find him and Jeff wasn’t responding to his calls. Search and rescue was immediately called and they looked all night only to find him Tuesday morning. He was pronounced dead in Terrace, British Columbia shortly after. Our hearts are absolutely broken for Jeff’s family, friends, everyone at Tezwa Expeditions.
“Jeff was absolutely loved by his hunters and I was told personally by them that his unwavering positive attitude was the only reason they were successful. After looking at several goats on the mountain side and me saying….’I think that goat is safe up there’, Jeff would say…. ‘Aww…….there’s got to be a way up there’. He was the ‘little screw that holds the watch together’. He knew where everything was and was constantly reminding me of things that we needed to do or things we need to pick up. He loved the high country and said he was absolutely addicted to hunting goats. When I think there’s no more tears that flow, I find that another has run down my cheek.
Jeff will never be forgotten.”
-Derrick Passey (Jeff’s Father-In-Law & Owner of Tezwa Expeditions)
Like a lot of young couples, Jeff and his wife, Dakota, didn’t have insurance. Please help the Ripley family through these hard times by making a generous donation below. Your thoughts, prayers, and financial kindness is greatly appreciated. Rest In Peace Jeff.
We are posting this to our blog because Jeff was a friend to many of us at Kodiak Mountain Stone but also because we hope that you will go to http://www.goatalliance.org/jeff-ripley-fund/ and make any kind of donation that you can to help Dakota out financially through such a tough time.