The Columbia Valley RCMP has confirmed the death of a 65 year old male climber, who was reported to have fallen while climbing in the Mount Assiniboine area of Kootenay National Park on Tuesday.

At 10:19 a.m. on Tuesday, the Columbia Valley RCMP received a report from Parks Canada, that there had been an activation of two SPOT emergency beacon GPS devices on Mount Assiniboine in Kootenay National Park, BC.

Shortly after the report was relayed, a team of Parks Canada Visitor Safety Specialists responded to the distress signal location via helicopter and confirmed to the Columbia Valley RCMP that the matter involved a climbing fatality. The Parks Canada Visitor Safety specialists recovered the body of a 65 year old make along with another uninjured make who had been climbing with the man.

The Columbia Valley RCMP continues to assist the BC Coroners Services with their investigation into the man’s death. The man’s identity has been confirmed as that of a 65 year old male from Baraboo Wisconsin, USA. They have altered the man’s next of kin.