By Herald on January 13, 2021.
A 31-year-old man has died while climbing Crowsnest Mountain over the past weekend.
Crowsnest Pass RCMP report that on Saturday evening they were dispatched to a personal satellite emergency activation on an area of Crowsnest Mountain known as “the chutes”. Police say the information that was provided indicated an injury.
Crowsnest Pass Fire and Rescue, as well as Pincher Creek Search and Rescue were engaged to conduct search efforts. A joint endeavour comprising of a team of ten personnel attempted a ground rescue – six members from Crowsnest Fire & Rescue hiked into a base point and from there four members from Pincher Creek Search & Rescue climbed further into the rugged terrain. Due to the high winds, darkness and the potential for avalanches, the team was forced to turn back.
Kananaskis Country Public Safety was called in on Sunday due to their alpine and long line rescue capabilities. The team located the climber, who had succumbed to his injuries. The deceased man was subsequently extracted from Crowsnest Mountain and transported to the Medical Examiner’s office.
It is believed that the rugged terrain as well as environmental conditions of ice, wind and snow contributed to the incident.
Police say the 31-year-old man had been climbing alone and the deceased’s name will not be released.
No further updates are anticipated.