Two climbers fell — one to his death — on Mount Rogers in Glacier National Park on Wednesday.
“On August 8, 2012, at 06:00 pm MST Golden RCMP received a call from Parks Canada stating that they had a report that two mountain climbers had fallen on Mt. Rogers, in Glacier National Park and one was deceased,” the detachment said in a statement released early Thursday afternoon.
“The RCMP confirms that a father and son, ages 52 and 22, from 108 mile Ranch, BC, were descending Mount Rogers when they slipped in the snow.”
The statement said they slid about 100 metres on the snow before falling approximately 10m over a bergschrund. A bergschrund (German for mountain cleft) is a crevasse that forms where moving glacier ice separates from stagnant ice above. It is often a serious obstacle for mountaineers.
The son survived and managed to contact help. The father was deceased and remained on the mountain until Parks Canada Search and Rescue could safely remove him Thursday morning. The names of the climbers are not being released, the Mounties said.