Report from Brad White, Visitor Safety Programs Specialist, Mountain Guide.
Weeping Wall is one of the classic Canadian ice climbs. It is on the Icefields Parkway, north of Banff.
We received a report of a serious injury on the Weeping Wall January 8. The second-hand report was that a large chunk of ice had fallen on a climber and that he had suffered serious head and shoulder injuries. The call came through Red Deer RCMP after having been routed from a satellite phone provider in Texas. The party self evacuated and we arranged for Banff EMS to rendezvous with the RCMP to intercept the injured party at the Niblock Gate on hwy 93 south. No further details are available.
If you are using a Satellite phone as your emergency communication device, it is important to know that dialing 911 may not get you to a local dispatch centre who would know the proper jurisdiction and call out for response. Banff Emergency Dispatch 24 hours can be reached at 403-762-4506.
To stay up-to-date with mountain conditions, check the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides’ website here.