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Climber Dies Near Squamish, Celebration of Life Planned

Nathan Roberts died after a climbing accident in Cheakamus Canyon last week

Squamish-based Nathan Roberts died in a climbing accident in Cheakamus Canyon on Oct. 15. The BC Coroners Service have not released any information, saying they’re investigating.

Roberts was known for his bold free-solos, including that of Jacob’s Ladder 5.12 at the Smoke Bluffs. His final post on Instagram was of himself making the first ascent of a problem in Squamish that he called Glory Days V2. Roberts kept meticulous notes about his climbs on Sendage, with his final post coming on Oct. 8 after climbing The Reacharound 5.12b: “Consolation prize for failing, yet again, to send Heifer Down. Bottom was trickier than I expected. Second go.”

“This summer was over the top for him in terms of just his climbing finally taking off,” Roberts’s regular climbing partner Ben Webster told The Squamish Chief.

Brianna Geoghegan, Roberts partner, shared the news that there will be a celebration of life for him on Oct. 22 at the Ledge Cafe, see below for more information. Our condolences go to Roberts’s family and friends.