Climber killed when ledge collapses

CALGARY — A Calgary man is dead after he plunged hundreds of metres down an Alberta mountainside when a ledge he was standing on to have his picture taken gave away.

CALGARY — A Calgary man is dead after he plunged hundreds of metres down an Alberta mountainside when a ledge he was standing on to have his picture taken gave away.

The 39-year-old man was killed Saturday afternoon while climbing with another male on Mount Kidd in Alberta’s Kananaskis region.

RCMP say the two were scrambling on the mountain’s south peak when a cornice the victim was standing on for the photo let go, causing an avalanche that swept him away.

The other climber was not hurt.

The victim’s name has not been released and Mounties do not suspect foul play.

Work is underway to find the man’s body in the avalanche debris, but police say the weather and rough terrain are making recovery efforts dangerous for searchers.

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