Calgary ‘Big Brother’ dies after 50-foot fall while climbing in Kananaskis backcountry

A Calgary man was killed after falling about 50 feet while climbing in the Kananaskis Country backcountry on Sunday, June 3. Global News

A volunteer mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters died in the backcountry while on an excursion with his “Little Brother.”

Police said the 58-year-old man was climbing in the Rawson Lake area in Kananaskis Country on Sunday when he stumbled on ice and snow and fell about 50 feet (15 metres).

According to the RCMP, the fall happened at around 3:45 p.m. Kananaskis EMS was contacted and Alberta Parks and the RCMP were called to the scene at around 5:45 p.m.

The man had died as a result of his injuries from the fall, RCMP said.

In a statement to Global News, BBBS Calgary and Area president Karen Orser said:

“We can confirm that one of our volunteer mentors (“Big Brothers”) was hiking with his mentee (“Little Brother”) when the accident occurred. The ‘Little Brother’ was not injured, and we are doing everything we can to support him and his family through this tragedy.”

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The mentor’s name is not being released.

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