An ice climber was climbing alone on Cascade Falls when an accident occurred and he died from injuries on Dec. 25.
An outdoor gear store in Canmore remained closed on boxing day due to an “unforeseen emergency” after the Christmas Day accident. There are no details about the cause of the accident or the climber who was soloing.
Cascade Falls is a 300-metre WI3 that you can see from the Trans-Canada Highway while driving west from Calgary to Banff.
It is one of the most popular ice climbs in Canada, as the approach takes less than 10 minutes and it faces southeast.
Many climbers have died on the route in the past, often from being caught in massive avalanches that occur from the large bowls above.
This is a developing story that we’ll update once we have more information. Our condolences to the climber’s family and friends.
In 2018, a number of people have died in the Canadian Rockies, including a rock climber on Yamnuska, a rock climber on Tunnel Mountain, a woman hiking on EEOR, a hiker near Rawson Lake and a hiker in Kananaskis Country. Play safe out there.