Rock climber dies after falling from the Chief in Squamish

Jun 23 2019, 1:32 am

A rock climber has died after falling from The Stawamus Chief on Saturday.

On June 22 at approximately 1:45 pm, Squamish RCMP received a call for assistance from the BC Ambulance Service regarding a rock climber who had fallen from the popular hiking destination.

Authorities attended to The Grand Wall area of The Stawamus Chief and located a male who had fallen approximately 30 metres.

“The Stawamus Chief is a popular tourist destination for the Sea to Sky corridor, and the Squamish Emergency Services have attended to a number of incidents associated to this location over the past few months,” stated Sgt. Sascha Banks, in a release.

“We believe this incident to be a terrible accident and our thoughts are with his friends and family at this difficult time.”

The BC Coroners Service has taken over the investigation and the Squamish RCMP are working to contact the man’s next of kin. His name has not been released.

“We do want to stress to those that visit our beautiful surroundings to be prepared, know your area, and please be safe in your adventures” added Sgt. Banks.

“But also know if you are hurt or lost we (Squamish Emergency Services/Squamish SAR) have an amazing cross-section of people who will do everything to find you and help you.”