Police in Squamish say they were contacted by a climber on The Stawamus Chief on August 4th, at 11:30 a.m. According to a press release the individual stated they had observed a group who’s lead climber had fallen whilst on the Angel’s Crest portion of the north face.

RCMP, Search and Rescue (SAR), and the BC Ambulance attended the location and found the climber was 200-300 metres up the face. Police say that the location and position of the man required a highly skilled team and the Squamish SAR medical team responded alongside the rescuers.

“After a difficult and highly technical extraction the man, a 33 year old Squamish resident, went into medical distress and died a short time later” stated Sergeant Sascha Banks. “The climbing community in Squamish is a very close and I know it will be a hard loss for everyone. Our thoughts go out to not only the man’s friends and family but to the Squamish SAR team who worked tirelessly to help him.”

Police say this is the second incident in the last 6 weeks where a climber has died on the Chief, and is the third call out for climbers in distress for SAR over the last 3 days. RCMP along with their partners say they plan to work hard to get the “safe adventuring” messaging out to the community.

RCMP have handed over the investigation to the BC Coroner’s Service.


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