The body of an "accomplished" mountain climber from Australia was found Saturday on the side of an Alberta mountain.
A searcher in a helicopter spotted the 31-year-old male's body in a gully at an elevation of 2,560 metres on Mount Brock in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, said Cpl. Keith Blake of Kananaskis RCMP.
However, the helicopter could not land due to rough terrain and a ground crew could not climb up, Blake said.
A safety specialist was lowered by a rope and harness dangling from the helicopter to reach the body of the climber. A sling was then used to get the body and the rescuer out of the area, said Blake.
Blake, who described the man as an accomplished climber, said he and his wife were visiting. They have children but it is not known if they were with them in Canada. The man's name has not yet been released.
Different routes to the summit of the mountain requires different equipment, said Blake, adding it is also the climber's choice on the type of equipment one will use.
"In this instance, there was no ropes being used."
RCMP said they believe the climber successfully reached Mount Brock's summit, at 2,895 metres, but fell on his way down.