A mountain climber is dead and another has serious injuries after falling rock knocked them off an ice slope on Mount Athabasca in Jasper National Park.
Four climbers, working two to a rope, were ascending a moderately difficult ice face yesterday near the Columbia Icefields when boulders began tumbling from an overhead band of rock.
"There were some sizeable rocks in the rock fall," said Parks Canada public safety specialist Steve Blake Monday.
Two of the climbers on one rope were hit. One, a 26-year-old man, died after a 45-metre fall.
His female climbing partner sustained serious injuries.
Parks Canada got an early jump responding to the tragedy, said Blake.
"Some of our Parks Canada staff at the Icefields Centre saw through a spotting scope some activity up there that seemed sort of frenzied and out of the ordinary for climbing," he said.