Climbing accident kills experienced climber

CALGARY – Friends and family are mourning the loss of a man many call a “living legend”.

Rick Collier was killed Wednesday while climbing in British Columbia’s Mt. Robson Provincial Park.

Collier was a well-known Calgary activist and an experienced climber. He was ascending Mt. Geikie with three other climbers when the rock face crumbled.

The 71-year-old was about 3 thousand feet up when the slide hit and died just moments after the fall. Two other climbers recieved minor injuries.

Collier ran as an NDP candidate for Calgary-Glenmore last spring and has served on many community groups.

His friend Scott Berry, says Collier likely climbed more mountains than anyone else in Canadian history and says his friend had dedicated his life to exploring and protecting the Canadian outdoors.

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He leaves behind his wife, three children and five grandchildren.

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