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Fatal climbing accident near Alberta-B.C border

Last Updated Jan 13, 2021 at 2:44 pm MST

FILE -- In this file photo taken June 19, 2013, Mount Rainier is seen from a helicopter flying south of the mountain and west of Yakima, Wash. One climber has likely died from hypothermia and exposure on Mount Rainier after he and his climbing partner were caught in a winter storm over the weekend, a spokeswoman with Mount Rainier National Park said. A Chinook helicopter crew and other rescue teams were working Monday, March 28, 2016, to reach the 58-year-old man from Norway. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

CROWSNEST PASS (660 NEWS) – RCMP say a 31-year-old man has died following a climbing accident on a mountain near the Alberta B.C border.

Mounties say they responded to an emergency beacon around Crowsnest Mountain also known as the “The Chutes” on Saturday evening.

Search and rescue crews from the pass and Pincher Creek say they battled through the rough terrain, high winds to find the man but had to stop search efforts due to darkness.

On Sunday, crews from Kananaskis County were called in, and the man was found, but he had already died from his injuries.

RCMP is investigating and believes the terrain along with the ice, wind, and snow were contributing factors.

The man’s name will not be released.