Manitoba man falls to his death while mountain climbing in Banff National Park

Canada, Alberta, Banff National Park (UNESCO World Heritage List, 1984, 1990). Conifer forests at foot of Rocky Mountains . De Agostini/Getty Images

LAKE LOUISE, Alta. – A 71-year-old man has died in a fall from a mountain in Banff National Park.

Peter Aitchison, a retired University of Manitoba math professor, slipped Wednesday morning during a climb of Mount Victoria near Lake Louise.

Parks Canada said he fell about 150 metres while he and a partner were attempting to climb the south summit of the 3,464-metre-high mountain.

His body was later recovered.

Aitchison was at the centre of Winnipeg’s small climbing community, having helped to revive the local chapter of the Alpine Club.

In 1992, he lead a group of climbers to Yukon to summit Mount Manitoba, the first to make the ascent.

He led yearly Alpine Club expeditions to the mountains to help mentor newer climbers.

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He was on one such expedition when he died, his family said late Wednesday.

“He was passionate about sharing the outdoors with anyone who wanted to share an adventure with him,” said son Jeff Aitchison.

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