Squamish, B.C., man, 33 dies in climbing fall on The Stawamus Chief

SQUAMISH, B.C. — RCMP in Squamish, B.C. say a local man has died after falling during a climb on the north face of the Stawamus Chief Mountain.

Police say they were contacted Sunday at 11:30 a.m. by a climber on the Stawamus Chief who told them they had seen the lead climber of a group fall while scaling the Angel’s Crest portion of mountain.

They say RCMP officers, along with Squamish Search and Rescue and a medical team located the climber 200 to 300 metres up the face.

Sergeant Sascha Banks said in a release Sunday night that 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.”

The man’s name was not immediately released, and police said the investigation into the death had been handed over to the BC Coroner’s Service.

Police noted in their release that this is the second climber to die on the Stawamus Chief in the past six weeks and that Squamish RCMP along with it’s partners will be working hard to get the “safe adventuring” messaging out to the affected community.

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