Hundreds of friends and relatives will gather this week to celebrate the life of a man who climbed his way into Canadian history as diligently as he tackled mountain peaks.
Don Forest, 83, of Calgary, died of a heart attack while cross-country skiing with one of his daughters Thursday.
Forest made history when at the age of 59 he became the first person to reach the summit of all 56 peaks in the Canadian Rockies.
He went on to climb all peaks in the Purcell and Selkirk mountain ranges at the age of 73.
Through his achievements, Forest became an inspiration to many, particularly since he hadn't started climbing until the age of 41.
Forest was a founding member of the Grizzly Group - a cadre of climbers who took their name from an encounter with a bear and their generally grizzled appearance after climbs.
He also served as president of the Alpine Club of Canada, was a member of the Calgary Mountain Rescue Group and helped set up the Himalayan Foundation - an organization that funds climbing outside of Canada.