September 6, 2017 8:33 pm
Updated: September 6, 2017 11:34 pm

Climber falls up to 60 feet while scaling Stawamus Chief in Squamish

The 700-meter Stawamus Chief stands proudly in the evening sun in Squamish, B.C. on Thursday, July 24, 2014.

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A man was taken to hospital by air ambulance after he fell by up to 60 feet as he climbed the Buttress, a popular climbing area at the Stawamus Chief in Squamish.

The climber was at the top of the Buttress and scaling the area with “appropriate equipment” when he fell between 50 and 60 feet, said Landon James, a manager with Squamish Search and Rescue (SAR).

The man was awake and talking — he knew where he was, and what day it was — and he said his pain was “everywhere” after he fell “quite the distance,” James said.

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James called the extraction a “routine rescue” for Squamish SAR.

BC Emergency Health Services had earlier said that they had sent an air-vac crew and a ground ambulance to respond to an incident at the Stawamus Chief.

The Chief is a 700-metre granite formation that regularly attracts outdoor adventurers for activities such as climbing and hiking.

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