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Edmonton Climber, 70, Dies Ice Climbing Near Jasper

The circumstances surrounding the accident have not been made public

An Edmonton man has died following an ice climbing accident in Jasper National Park on Wedbesday around 1:30 p.m. RCMP and Parks Canada responded to an emergency calls from Maligne Canyon shortly after the man’s fall.

The accident happened around the Fifth Bridge area of the canyon, popular with ice climbers. Bystanders attempted to provide first aid, but were unsuccessful and the man died at the scene, police said. A helicopter contracted by Parks Canada was able to recover the man’s body. Police said the family is asking for privacy at this time and no additional updates will be provided.

Parks Canada warns that visitors enter the canyon at their own risk and “can be quite hazardous” because of overflowing water, collapsing ice shelves and falling ice and rock from overhead.

There are a number of esgablished ice and mixed routes, with the most popular being: Break It Ya’ Buy It M8, Fools Gold M6+ WI4+, Maligne Canyone Original Route WI3 80m, Fall of Knight WI2 25m, Solo Out WI2 15m, The Queen WI4 35m and The Last Wall WI2 30m.