American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Slip on Scree and Rock, Unprotected, Alberta, Rocky Mountains, Mount Temple

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  • Publication Year: 1991

SLIP ON SCREE AND ROCK, UNPROTECTED

Alberta, Rocky Mountains, Mount Temple

On August 13, 1990, a lone climber was descending the “tourist route” on Mount Temple. It is speculated that he went slightly off route at the grey cliff band where the scree trails branch off in various directions, slipped on scree overlying bedrock, and fell down cliffs approximately 65 meters. Another party later discovered his body and reported to the Banff Warden Service. They evacuated the body the same day.

Analysis

Although this is a fairly easy descent route, it requires knowledge of route-finding skills through dangerous terrain. (Source: Marc Ledwidge, Warden Service, Banff National Park)

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