Climber rescued after falling on Stawamus Chief

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

The Chief in Squamish is packed with people out for a hike or rock-climb during the summer months.

And while the mountain’s popularity is great, it can also make necessary rescues a bigger challenge.

“The regular hiking trails are extremely busy, the rock climbing area is busy, but because of the hazards of rock fall, and other climbers in the area, it makes for a more challenging environment to do the rescue. So we want to ensure the safety of other climbers, the subject, and our rescuers.”

Katy Chambers with Squamish Search and Rescue says that was the challenge Saturday, when 16 volunteers were called out to get a 24-year old man who a lower leg injury.

He was leading a two-man climbing group when he fell on the apron area of the Chief.

Chambers says two members were flown above the man to do crowd control, while two went in and picked him up.

He is in stable condition.

Comments

  1. No shit! That`s the risk they take, so you rescuers it is your job to go get the them. These people in `high risk activity` should carry some sort of insurance policy so that the full cost doesn`t fall on the emergency responders and SAR. Not far away from searching for out of bound skiers. Hand out leaflets at the bottom of the mountain and have them read and signed. If they are out of bounds they pay the full cost of the rescue. They have to be accountable.

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