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British Columbia glacier climber dies in avalanche in Alberta park

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“Avalanche risks pose the greatest threat to glacier climbers in the Canadian Rockies,” says Parks Canada. (File photo)


One ​​person was killed in an avalanche at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, nearly 140 kilometers southwest of Calgary.

Corporal Troy Savinkoff says the Stoney Nakoda RCMP were notified Saturday afternoon that two climbers had been swept away by an avalanche.

A 26-year-old woman was partially buried in snow. She was able to free herself and activate her geolocation device. The other climber, a 29-year-old man from Squamish, British Columbia, was completely buried and did not survive.

According to Avalanche Canada, the climbers had just finished their ice climb when there was the avalanche.

They were starting to descend on foot when they were hit by a size 2 avalanche. They were swept into a ravine on the slope below, indicates the Avalanche Canada website.

Parks Alberta has closed access to five ice climbing sites located in the provincial park, including the one where the climbers were located.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116