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Ice Climber Dies in Western Canada

An ice climber died after falling on a route in B.C.'s Kootenays

One month after Yosemite ice climber Zach Milligan died while soloing Polar Circus north of Lake Louise, another ice climber has died in Canada’s mountains.

Police have said that an ice climber died after falling around 10 metres on a route that’s 25 kilometres up the Kootenay River Forest Service Road. The only route in that area is Gibraltar Wall, a four-pitch WI4.

According to the Columbia Valley RCMP, the accident took place on March 9. The climber’s partner and a worksite ambulance conducted life-saving measures until Emergency Health Services arrived.

The climber succumbed to his injuries. No other details are known at this time. With another few months of ice climbing left this season in the Rockies, be sure to always check avalanche conditions before heading out.

Gibraltar Wall WI4 in B.C.
Gibraltar Wall WI4 in B.C.