Update: Mountain climber dies on Mt. Rogers in Glacier National Park
Mountain climber dies on Mt. Rogers in Glacier National Park
A family climbing expedition ended in tragedy on Wednesday when a man died in a fall on Mt. Rogers in Glacier National Park.
Golden RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Troy Durand said RCMP were notified of the incident 6 p.m. on Aug. 8.
He said a father and son pair encountered severe weather conditions while climbing on the Mt. Rogers Glacier. They were attempting to return to their base camp when they slipped.
The pair slid for about 100 metres before falling about 10 metres over a crevasse.
The father, aged 52, died in the fall. His 22-year-old son survived the fall and managed to return to base camp to summon help.
A Parks Canada Search and Rescue team returned to the scene on the morning of Aug. 9 where they recovered the body of the deceased man.
The climbers are from 108 Mile Ranch, B.C.
The B.C. Coroners Service identified the victim as Jon Howard Sortome.
Sortome’s family requested privacy following the incident.