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Calgary Hiker Dies on Yamnuska Scree Slope

As search and rescuers respond to numerous calls on July 12

A Calgary man died while hiking near Canmore on Saturday afternoon. Canmore RCMP said a 30-year-old man was hiking on Yamnuska. He was on the scree slope below the south face when the accident happened.

Other hikers tried to help the injured man, but as the man was receiving assistance, several boulders dislodged from above, hitting the man and those around him. RCMP said as a result, the victim suffered a head injury.

First responders including STARS were called to the scene, but the Calgary man died of his injuries, police said. First responders were called to the area two more times on Saturday for hiking-related injuries.

Yamnuska is now closed as a result of the accidents, and the overwhelming crowds that are puzzling locals as to why there’s such an extreme rise in the number of trail users this year.

A number of serious accidents have taken place this year in the Canadian Rockies as more people than ever seem to be heading to the peaks to hike and scramble. A few weeks ago, Trina Ramanaden, 44, died while hiking on Mount Fable just west of Yamnuska.

This spring, alpine climber Travis TenHove died while climbing Shooting Gallery on Mount Andromeda on the Columbia Icefield. A fundraiser has been started to support his wife and young son, see here for more.

We will provide more information as it becomes available.