We were deeply disappointed late last week to learn that our good friend and longtime ambassador, internationally-renowned ski mountaineer and guidebook author Andrew McLean had been arrested along with his wife on charges of theft and criminal mischief.

Here’s the story according to Park City, Utah’s Park Record.

Let’s be super clear. We do not condone criminal activity of any kind, nor do we support any actions intended to obstruct or hinder anyone’s use of or recreation on public lands by any legitimate means.

Furthermore, we lament that Andrew’s actions seem to have been directed against someone in the hunting community, a community some us are part of, a community we’ve worked closely with on public lands defense issues and for which we have nothing but deep respect.

“All I can say is that I made a serious mistake, am doing everything possible to make it right, and that I have no excuse for it,” Andrew told TGR regarding the incident.

Andrew’s contributions to the backcountry community over the past 30 years speak for themselves. He’s an eager, effective, generous ambassador and we value him as a friend, ski partner and colleague. By mutual agreement, Andrew is taking indefinite leave as a WWA ambassador pending the outcome of these charges.