Mount Temple hiker succumbs to injuries after fall

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In this file photo from 2019, hikers ascend Mount Temple in Banff National Park near Lake Louise, Alta. RCMP say one hiker succumbed to his injuries Saturday after a fall on the mountain.  (Yamnuska Mountain Adventures/The Canadian Press - image credit)
In this file photo from 2019, hikers ascend Mount Temple in Banff National Park near Lake Louise, Alta. RCMP say one hiker succumbed to his injuries Saturday after a fall on the mountain. (Yamnuska Mountain Adventures/The Canadian Press - image credit)

Mounties say a hiker lost his life on the weekend after a fall on Mount Temple, one of the highest peaks in the Lake Louise area.

The man was out with a group of experienced hikers on Saturday when he lost his footing while climbing the mountain and slipped on a patch of snow and ice, according to the RCMP.

Shortly before noon, emergency services received a call about the fall.

With the aid of a Parks Canada helicopter, the man was found roughly a thousand metres (3,300 feet) from the initial site of the fall. The summit of Mount Temple is 3,543 metres (11,621 feet).

"The male unfortunately succumbed to his injuries," Const. Lauren Mowbray said in a release.

"Lake Louise RCMP send their condolences to all involved in this tragedy."

Parks Canada describes Mount Temple as the prominent triangular-shaped peak capped with ice and snow that towers above the village of Lake Louise.

For scramblers, it says most of the climb "is a steep, strenuous hike on loose scree or worn, intermittent footpaths."

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