American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Alberta, Banff National Park, Moraine Lake Area

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  • Publication Year: 1965

Alberta, Banff National Park, Moraine Lake Area. On 16 August a large group of climbers from the Calgary Mountain Club, who had registered out, were making a descent down a snow filled couloir be-

tween the Third and Fourth Peaks in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, heading for Moraine Lake. The weather was good, clear and mild, with resultant thawing of snow in the gully.

Graham Cooper, of Calgary, a member of the party, was struck by a rock fall at about 5:30 P.M., no doubt released by the melting process, which carried him over a rocky ledge and down a snow chute, with resultant injuries causing his death. His companions moved him to a safe location and placed him in a sleeping bag. Eight persons remained with him while two of the group, Lome Birch and John Martin, returned to Moraine Lake Lodge where word of the accident was transmitted to Lake Louise via the concessionaire’s radio in the Lodge.

Source: G. H. L. Dempster, General Superintendent, Banff National Park; Paddy Sherman.

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