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New photos of Yossi from Will Fox in the USA
A man and his mountain: Yossi Brain, Cotopaxi Summit Cone, 9. January 1998
Yossi Brain, our charming and professional guide in Ecuador and on Cotopaxi, died in an avalanche while climbing Cerro Presidente in the Cordillera Apolobamba, Bolivia on 25. September 1999, aged 32. Our sympathy goes to his family in England. Please e-mail if you knew Yossi, and either have or would like more details.
We are still getting e-mails about Yossi from people who have found our web pages, and the sentiment has always been the same : great guy, truly exceptional, and sadly missed; but died doing what he loved.
There are some photos from his Memorial Celebration in Walsall on 13. November here, and photos kindly sent by Eric Lawrie, below. Eric's own web site is now on-line at www.andeanimages.com
Alison Markwick has sent some further photos of Yossi, taken at a recent wedding in Bolivia.
A break on trek, Yossi at right
A side trip near Otovalo: Lloyd, Steve C, Paul, Steve P, Yossi
Judy, Yossi and a porter near Chimborazo
Tent life on the Paramo: Judy, Paul, Gwen, John and Yossi
Yossi fitting crampons, Cotopaxi
Yossi leading Judy and Steve along the crevasse, Cotopaxi
Photo © Ken Wade; our thanks to him, and to David S. Panofsky for sending it to us from Wisconsin, USA
Yossi crossing the crevasse by a metal bridge, Cotopaxi
Yossi and Judy, Cotopaxi Summit
Sue and Steve Carr with Oswaldo, Cotopaxi Summit
Judy and Yossi, Cotopaxi Summit
The ever-attentive Guide and his client: Yossi and Judy, descending Cotopaxi
Clouds around Apolobamba
El Presidente (the tiny white mountain in the background)
Eric Lawrie writes: "The last photo of Yossi (at a food stop during the drive in to the Apolobamba on 24 September). The person in green is Dakin Cook, who survived the avalanche. The girl is Dana Witzel. Not a good shot, I'm afraid, but it was the last one taken of Yossi alive".
Sajama, 6,549 metres, the highest mountain in Bolivia and one which Yossi guided frequently.
The avalanche site
"Being the hardened mountaineer, Yossi actually slept out on the ice the night before the final ascent while Karl and I were in the tent. The picture "above the clouds" shows our high camp on Ancohuma. The man with the mask is Yossi on the summit."
Steve & Judy Pardoe
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